Yeah, I've worked with a lot of nuns on human rights issues over the years, and I've met quite a few I have awed respect for.
Silly silly Vatican. Fewer women are becoming nuns every year. In a generation (or two at most) there probably won't be any at all. Doesn't really make sense to piss off the ones they've got.
Qwan Lee? Any thoughts on majority rules in this scenario? What about consensus?
Why does the Vatican want to piss off the nuns? They are the only good, useful part of the Catholic Church!
The nuns I have known (who hide undocumented refugees from the authorities, care for disabled orphans in poor countries, do development work in dangerous areas, teach in inner-city schools for low pay, etc,) are among the few people who really act as though they believe that a god is watching them and judging what they do.
I give money to a group of Mother Teresa's nuns who operate a feeding center for malnourished kids in a town I used to work in. They don't spend the money on fake "prayer candles", fancy cars, big mansions or diamond mines in dictatorships like the Falwells and Pat Robertsons.
If you are going to keep women from using birth control and having abortions, you sure as hell better be right there taking care of the results. These nuns are walking the walk, not just talking the talk. I don't understand them and I don't agree with them, but I do respect and support the work they do.