CLEVELAND - Hundreds of Catholics filled St. Colman Church in Cleveland Wednesday night for a prayer vigil in support of Catholic sisters.
A dispute is brewing between the nuns and the Vatican over a mandate to intervene and reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 80 percent of the nation's nuns.
"I feel like they're maligning the integrity of women religious in the U.S. and they have disrespected the leadership in the U.S.," said Sister Christine Schenk, executive director of FutureChurch, a church reform group which organized the prayer service.
Similar prayer vigils are being held in 52 other U.S. cities.
"Overall, I hope we can work this out," Sr. Christine said, "because the church needs all of us."