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Sister Nancy Schreck speaks to reporters Friday while other members of The Leadership Conference of Women Religious attend The 2012 Assembly in St. Louis.

US nuns under Vatican rebuke offer to enter talks

ST. LOUIS – American nuns rebuked by the Vatican for tolerating dissent say they’re willing to hold talks with church leaders but won’t compromise their mission.

The organization for Catholic sisters made the announcement Friday at the end of their national assembly in St. Louis.

The Vatican had said that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had violated church teaching on issues including the all-male priesthood, birth control and homosexuality. It also said the group had been nearly silent on abortion.

The nuns group has said that the assessment was flawed.

The Vatican rebuke of the sisters was released last April and sparked an outpouring of support for the women from parishes to Capitol Hill. The Leadership Conference represents most of the 57,000 American nuns.

The Vatican has appointed three American bishops to overhaul the organization.