There is some background about the Catholic Church in the U.S. that you may or may not be aware of.
The same polarization that we see in present-day politics between Democrats and Republicans is occuring in the Catholic Church in the U.S. It has been going on in the Church in American since the 1940?s and I note with interest how the timing of this division in the Church seems to coincide with the era of the New Deal. I don’t know enough about political history to know if my hunch may be correct or not. But since the timing is so coincidental, and so many Catholic immimgrants(and their descendants) in America in the 1940?s were a significant number in the population, I wonder if when the Catholics divided, as a result, the political parties that they belonged to consequently did the same.
Whatever the causes, it is what it is. The Magisterium of nuns known as the LCWR has been lined up with the liberals (doctrinally and politically) since the early 1970?s. The Vatican has been concerned about this since that time. This is not new. The Vatican has been trying to dialogue with them and has given them decades of chances to reconcile their positions with the Church. Afterall, they did take vows to their CATHOLIC communities once upon a time.
The whole purpose of the Church is to preach the Gospel. If someone, anyone, thinks the Church is not doing that, they have a couple of options. They can work with their proper Church authorities to come to some reconciliation or they can leave. No one puts a gun to anyone’s head and forces them to be Catholic. Tons of folks have left. Of course, those who remain feel that those who leave put their own soul in jeopardy when they do so, but the fact remains that no one is forced to remain in the Church against their will. What is not allowed is to openly and actively dissent from Church teaching and continue to call yourself a Catholic, when in fact, you have already excommunicated yourself by your actions/words. The Magisterium of nuns have been doing this for many decades and the Vatican has been way more tolerant and lenient in trying to work with them than the Vatican of a few generations ago.
By the way, you forgot to mention to Cafe readers that the nuns on the bus tour was funded by a George Soros funded group and that they are an ardent ally of the political left.