CBS News reports that this is not the "most dramatic" path the group could have followed.
"There had been internal calls for the LCWR to disband as a Vatican-chartered organization and to regroup later as a Catholic nonprofit organization," CBS reports. "At the same time, this is not quite the prayerful discussion the Vatican had ordered the nuns to begin with a group of U.S. Bishops."
Since the Vatican's reprimand, the nuns have received an outpouring of support, including candlelight vigils that happened across the country this week.