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Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting
Seasons of Grace ^ | August 16, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer

Posted on 08/18/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT by NYer


Fireworks this week, as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in Nashville for their 2014 annual meeting.

The meeting marks the first time the women’s religious had met since Vatican officials imposed a requirement last April that the group pre-clear its speakers’ lists with Rome.

LCWR leadership had snubbed their noses at that request–instead presenting their highest award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, to Fordham University’s Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who is considered one of the architects of feminist theology. Sister Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God has been called by the U.S. Bishops’ Conference “seriously inadequate as a presentation of the Catholic understanding of God.”

One might have hoped that the sisters, realizing that they’d irritated the Vatican with their seeming forgetfulness about the “pre-clearing speakers” thing, might have had a low-key conference. Not so much!

The Tablet reported on the opening address by Sister Carol Zinn, LCWR president:

Sr Carol Zinn, president of the LCWR, urged sisters to “cry out” for justice, inclusivity and compassion in her presidential address on the first full day of the assembly.

“Perhaps we’re singing in muted tones the authentic and radical message of the Gospel and the vision of a Second Vatican Council church as the People of God, all the People of God, walking together,” she said. “Likely, we’re only whispering that Oneness from within and beyond the national world to the most meaningful and sacred relationships, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or belief system.”

Umm…. what?

The Tablet published this photo of the sisters leading a prayer service in multi-colored “vestments”:

LCWR prayer

Sister Johnson, in the weeks leading up to the conference, had deflected the criticism for her book–first claiming that the bishops clearly had not read the book or didn’t understand it or something. (The USCCB issued a statement, reiterating its specific criticisms of the book’s theology.) But Johnson made light of the disagreement in her speech this week, saying, “I think both of us are caught in a situation not of our own making.”

She reiterated the sisters’ demand for autonomy and change, insisting that religious congregations must evolve to meet the needs of a changing society and Church. “Religious life,” she said, “is always a radical response to the Gospel in a particular historical and cultural context. It is always a response to where you are, making the Gospel present where we are. I want us to be clear about where we are.”

Sister Carol Zinn hinted that the LCWR may, by continuing to resist the Vatican’s directives for the organization, lose its canonical status–but that if that happens, they will push forward with their perceived ministry. “When many of us started in religious life,” Sr. Carol said, “our congregations were serving in an institutional way,” running schools, hospitals and other large institutions. “That’s shifting. We’re not doing the shifting, God is.” Religious congregations might have to change how they live their charisms, she said. “It might not be consecrated life the way we’ve lived it.”

My colleague at the Catholic Portal on Patheos, Joanne McPortland, wrote a stirring reflection on St. Clare of Assisi, wondering what Clare might say if she were invited to address the LCWR. Joanne noted that the saint was both insistent and humble, and offered a prayer for guidance in the “nun wars”:

As Clare died to her family, slipping out the secret stairway of death, so may we recognize that our journey only really begins when we die to self, to ego, to winning.

May we turn our eyes and hearts, as Clare did, to the Eucharist, the utterly transformative wedding feast of Christ, without which there is no religious life and no life for the religious.

My we be strict with ourselves, and easy with those we love and lead.

May our lives be the place of solace and asylum where despair turns to joy.

May we never be afraid to engage in sincere dialogue with those who differ with us.

May we recognize the walls of the cloisters in which life places us, often against our will, as enclosing the very heart of peace, found only in surrender.

Santa Chiara, prega per noi!

TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture

1 posted on 08/18/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 08/18/2014 2:26:44 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer
The Tablet published this photo of the sisters leading a prayer service in multi-colored “vestments”

But they won't wear habits.

3 posted on 08/18/2014 2:35:11 PM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: NYer

Ladies, as a fraternity alum, I can tell you there’s a limit to how long you can tell Nationals to go fly a kite before they start orbiting the thing around your position and dropping bombs.

4 posted on 08/18/2014 2:44:28 PM PDT by RichInOC ("Catholic doctrine and discipline may be walls; but they are the walls of a playground."--GKC)
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To: NYer

Stylized rainbow on their logo?

5 posted on 08/18/2014 2:53:55 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: NYer
Religious always a radical response to the Gospel

I'm guessing she doesn't know or accept what the real gospel is and that her I deal of 'radical response' is something well outside of normal Christian life.

6 posted on 08/18/2014 2:59:06 PM PDT by tbpiper
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To: NYer

Unfortunately the rack, public drawing and quartering and burning heretics at the stake have gone out of fashion. Oh well, given the near total lack of recruiting postulants into these old Stalinized orders and the very advanced age of the old blue hairs, this bunch will be dead in twenty years and the Church can decide whether it is worth the effort to revive these orders by recruiting young and actually Catholic. Personally, I think they will not be missed.

7 posted on 08/18/2014 3:21:43 PM PDT by BlackElk (Dean of Discipline, Tomas de Torquemada Gentlemen's Society: Rack 'em Danno!)
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To: NYer may we recognize that our journey only really begins when we die to self, to ego, to winning.

Apparently their prayers have not been answered.

They revel in self, ego and winning.

8 posted on 08/18/2014 3:39:37 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: NYer

The Screamee Memes

It’s Time For…The Gong Show–The Unauthorized Catholic Version (Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): In honor of the keynote speaker at last week’s Assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), please welcome FATHER WHATShisNAME & THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS, with their dramatic interpretation of quotes from the works of Barbara Marx Hubbard! (THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS): “I am an 82 year old visionary enjoying Regenopause 2. Regenopause 1 is from 50 to 80 and beyond. I feel I am here to be a voice for the Collective Emergence of Humanity as Co-Creative Universal Species!” (FATHER WHATShisNAME): “Whatever we are going through is part of the Planetary Struggle to Evolve.” (THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS): “By understanding Evolution as the Expression of Universal Intelligence, Now Becoming Conscious of Itself Within Us, and As Us, we overcome the dichotomy between current evolutionists who see no design in evolution, and creationists who often propose an anthropomorphic God as Creator.” (THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS): “Transformationally motivated people are the Growing Edge of a Great Continuity of Souls Reaching Back to the Very Earliest Times.” (FATHER WHATShisNAME): “So, the Path of the Co-Creator is to be Awakened Spiritually Within, Which Then Turns into Your Own DEEPER LIFE PURPOSE, Which Then Makes You Want to Reach Out and Touch Others in a Way that Expresses Self and REALLY EVOLVES OUR COMMUNITIES AND OUR WORLD. Certainly, we can’t do that unless we Activate Ourselves First.”(THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS): “All who choose not to evolve will DIE OFF: Their souls will begin again within a Different Planetary System which will serve as Kindergarten for the Transition from Self-Centered to WHOLE-CENTERED BEING. The Kindergarten Class of Earth will be over.” (THE QUESTIONABLE HABITS): “I heard the words coming forth from The Cosmos: Our Story is a Birth of a Universal Humanity…What Christ and all the Avatars came to earth to reveal is TRUE. We Are All Members Of This One Body. Go tell the Story of the Birth of a Universal Humanity, Barbara.” (Gong Show Judges): GONG! GONG! GONG! (Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): “How could you do that? How could you Gong such an interesting act? I really, really like the works of Barbara Marx Hubbard. But then again, I also really, really like Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”(Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): “Let’s ask another priest. Tell me what you think, Father. According to a recent study by the National Religious Vocation Conference, the median age of women in LCWR institutes is 74. How could our judges Gong a bunch of Sweet Old Ladies like that?” (Another Priest): “Well, I’m sure they didn’t want to do it, Chuck, After all, the nuns represented by the LCWR have spent decades performing Countless Acts of Corporal Mercy…” (Another Priest): “…but in my opinion, it appears that in their later years, a number of the Sisters have developed a Narcissistic Need for Personal and Public Affirmation that has left them susceptible to the Self-Worshipping NEW AGE DRIVEL of people like Barbara Marx Hubbard.” (Another Priest): “Of course, that’s just a guess. I suppose there’s any number of reasons for Otherwise Good People to slip into the Age Old Sin of Gnosticism, which as Pope John-Paul II pointed out in his book `Crossing the Threshold of Hope`, is pretty much all the New Age Movement has ever been.” (Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): “A thoughtful response, Father. Me, I was just gonna suggest that they were Gonged for spewing a bunch of Nonsensical Gobbldeygook written by someone who probably took too many tokes off a bong while watching a Community Theater production of `Hair`.” (Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): “Thank you, Father. But we have to be moving along. And now for…wait, what’s that music? Oh, my! Forget all about those Ornery Octogenarians and their Oprah-Like Opining! That music can only mean it’s time for some Dissident Nonsense we can all enjoy…” (Gong Show Host Chuck Barris): “It’s time for Gene Gene the Liturgical Dancing Machine!!!” The B-Movie Catechism apologizes for all the forty year old cultural references, but hey, we are ribbing the Wackier Elements of the LCWR after all, so we wanted to make sure they would understand.

9 posted on 08/18/2014 4:42:20 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: NYer

What’s the big deal? Another group of Catholics that don’t like the fact that Catholicism is established on what bishops, cardinals and Popes of the past see as Absolute Truth. So instead of just leaving the church and finding a community of faith to flourish in, these fine sisters have decided to stay and make everyone else in the Catholic church bend to their whining and complaining that they don’t like Absolute Truth. Kinda like Progressives, Socialists, Marxists and every other registered Democrat in this country when you get right down to it. They hate the Constitution, they hate the rule of law, they hate free speech when it contradicts their politically correct world view, and they absolutely hate anything remotely connected to Christianity and it’s Christ. But instead of just dividing the country and making their own states with all the laws and regulations that would make their heart content, they have decided in their unimaginative brains to make all the rest of us suffer interminably by having to live with their self induced insanity right with beside them every long, insufferable day in and day out.

10 posted on 08/18/2014 5:22:11 PM PDT by cashless (Obama told us he would side with Muslims if the political winds shifted in an ugly direction. Ready?)
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To: tbpiper
Radical response to the gospel? So much for humility.

In other words, those of us who quietly serve the Lord in the duties of our state in life aren't really following Jesus. Being radical and going to meetings with other radicals who want to do community organizing is a lot more fun than changing diapers or teaching first graders.

and a hell of a lot safer than volunteering to nurse ebola patients in Liberia.

11 posted on 08/19/2014 1:12:08 AM PDT by LadyDoc (liberals only love politically correct poor people)
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To: LadyDoc
There is a radical response to the gospel but its all on the inside, a matter of the heart and will (check out Nabeel Qureshi's testimony). All of this other external stuff is just religion.

I have a friend who's quite liberal. An avid Obama supporter and Jim Wallis fan. His theology is stuck in the 7o's 'Jesus people' mode. Thinks Jesus would be crossing the border with the illegals and such. I believe he would celebrate the LCWR efforts. Sad reallly.

12 posted on 08/19/2014 3:02:53 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: tbpiper
Problem is, this is NOT religion.

These wymyn are an embarrassment to the Church (and to any thinking person, really). Their nonsense has been allowed to go on for far too long, for a number of reasons which, as socialist political agitators, they do not understand.

These wymyn think of everything in terms of Power and Dialectic. They do not understand how the Church functions. It is not a corporation, the Pope is not a CEO and the College of Cardinals is not a Board of Directors. Church discipline is not frank punishment but repeated calls to repentance. The Church is not interested in punishment but in trying to save these poor people's souls - every lost sheep by any possible means.

But the wymyn think that their evasions and disobedience have been effective, and they happily believe that they have gotten away with it. Wrong.

The wheels of justice grind slow, but they grind exceeding fine. The assignment of a commission and putting Abp. Sartain (who is an iron fist in a velvet glove) in charge is the beginning of the end.

I am not a bishop and not in the CDF, and that's a good thing because I would have called in air strikes by now.

13 posted on 08/19/2014 5:22:28 AM PDT by AnAmericanMother (Ecce Crucem Domini, fugite partes adversae. Vicit Leo de Tribu Iuda, Radix David, Alleluia!)
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