The Vatican view is that the nuns are out of control, so wound up in their feminism and New Ageism that their Catholicism has fallen by the wayside.
This article from National Catholic Reporter has another view.
Personally, the more I study the issues involved, the more neutral I become on what the Church should do, if anything.
In the mid-1920s, working at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Southern California, Edwin Hubble began to realize some of the numerous distant, faint clouds of light in the universe were actually galaxies — much like our own Milky Way. In 1929, he saw the farther a galaxy is from Earth, the faster it appeared to move away.
The universe was expanding, and it was unimaginably larger than scientists had thought to that point.
Rewinding that expansion, using mathematics — dividing distance by speed — scientists came to determine the universe began some 14 billion years ago when a tiny, dense, exceedingly hot particle exploded. It came to be known as the Big Bang.
These discoveries represented perhaps the largest shift in human cosmic understanding since Galileo, looking through his homemade telescope, came to realize that Earth revolves around the sun.
In 1984, then-Pope John Paul II, long fascinated by science, had the Vatican begin a process that would eventually lead to a statement in 1992 admitting church officials had erred in condemning Galileo.
Hoping to avoid such reactive mistakes in the future, he went on to say he wanted more than a truce, a mere “two worlds” strategy; rather, discoveries in the natural sciences needed to be imaginatively confronted, interpreted philosophically and theologically.
In 1987, through the offices of the Vatican Secretary of State, he initiated an international research conference to be convened at the Vatican Observatory in Castel Gandolfo, Italy, by observatory director Jesuit Fr. George Coyne. In a letter to Coyne at the opening of the conference, John Paul wrote: “Science can purify religion from error and superstition; religion can purify science from idolatry and false absolutes.”
Fast-forward 25 years. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, pondering their traditional mission as pioneers in service and education, pondering the very issues John Paul wrestled with, decided to spend time asking themselves how their missions could assist in reconciling Catholic thought with some of the 20th-century changes in cosmology.
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