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  • Analysis: Dispute With US Nuns Began Decades Ago

    06/12/2012 10:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    NEW YORK — A conflict that has entangled the Vatican, American bishops and the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns may seem to have erupted suddenly, but it actually has its roots in decades-old disputes over Roman Catholic teaching. The headlines came in April, when the Vatican orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, concluded that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had strayed far from authentic doctrine and gave three American bishops the authority to overhaul the organization. The board for the nuns' group responded by calling the Vatican's investigation flawed and its conclusions unsubstantiated. Top...
  • Update on the LCWR Assembly of the Great Swirly (Catholic Caucus)

    08/15/2015 3:24:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 14, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    We need an update on the Assembly of the Great Swirly, the LCWR annual confab at the Hyatt Regency in Houston.They had a speech by one Fr. Stephen Bevans, SVD.  No, he’s a priest.  He couldn’t be bothered to dress like one to talk to the sisters, however.  He’s from CTU, after all.These neck-tie priests… how pretentious!  If you are not going to wear a Roman collar, why wear a tie? Why not just wear a polo shirt?  Because you are… what… a professional?  You are… German?He has the Great Swirly before him but he has Katsushika Hokusai’s Wave behind him.  It’s...
  • Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

    04/16/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 3:01 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished” nearly two years ahead of schedule. It was an abrupt about-face given that just last year, the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, sharply rebuked the LCWR for its “regrettable” attitude and behavior...
  • Nota bene: Apostolic Visitation of US sisters and CDF scrutiny of LCWR are NOT the same

    12/14/2014 3:23:59 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 14, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    There is some speculation about what may be said on 16 December in Rome about the Apostolic Visitation that was conducted of communities of women religious in these USA by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (aka Congregation for Religious).   Some suggest (hopefully, even triumphantly) that a rosy picture, or at least not a black picture, will be painted of religious life in female institutes and orders.  Or, perhaps, there will be the usual positive comments about the many “fruits”, just like all the “fruits” we have obviously been granted since the Second...
  • Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

    08/18/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 16, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    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...
  • When will Pope Francis show all his cards? (The Left Laments)

    05/20/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    NCR Today (Fishwrap) ^ | May 19, 2014 | Robert McClory
    In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally. In my inbox on Friday morning were no fewer than four no-nonsense messages from very upset Catholic organizations urging the signing of petitions calling on Pope Francis to apologize for Cardinal Gerhard Müller's harsh words to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and urging him to tell the Vatican to back off the "unjust reform agenda" it imposed on U.S. nuns....
  • Fishwrap supports coalition of heretics asking Pope to apologize

    05/16/2014 3:10:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 16, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The catholic Left will turn on Pope Francis when they finally realize that he is not going to conform to their liberal and heretical notions and agenda. The cracks are already appearing. Most liberals have been gushing about him since his election, because they took his folksy style and lack of papal decorum as a sign that he is a fellow traveller. But this Pope is not going to, for example, give approval to the ordination of women. He is not going to smile on gnostic ravings. He is not going to give the nod to moving beyond Jesus.And so...
  • Stamp Your Feet!

    05/14/2014 1:50:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 14, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    I’ve been following with some bemusement the interchanges between Cardinal Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). For readers unaware of the developments, I'll present them here in abbreviated form:CDF: “Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of the Father, begotten and not made, the second Person of the Holy Trinity?” LCWR: “Why are you asking us that question? What gives you the authority to ask it?”
     CDF: “Again, Sisters, do you believe and affirm that Jesus Christ is the eternal...
  • LCWR Responds After Tense Meeting With CDF’s Cardinal Gerhard Müller

    05/10/2014 6:24:51 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 9, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    On May 8, the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on their April 30 meeting with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.The statement is significant in that it’s a hopeful sign that the organization has heard the concerns expressed by Rome and may, in fact, be ready to listen–valuing its canonical status which has been conferred by the Holy See more than it values its autonomy.Because it’s so important a document, I’m permitting the Sisters to represent themselves, reprinting it below in its entirety.* * * * *First, the background. I outlined the problem in...
  • U.S. nuns must give up New Age ideas or lose Vatican recognition: CDF head to LCWR nuns

    05/06/2014 1:26:37 PM PDT · by topher · 26 replies ^ | Tue May 06, 2014 09:25 EST | HILARY WHITE, ROME CORRESPONDENT
    ROME, May 6, 2014 ( – The American Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which was placed under a mandate of reform by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith last year, must drop its New Age ideas and return to the central teachings of the Catholic religion on Jesus Christ, the Trinity, and the nature of the Church, or risk being expelled as a recognized Catholic institution. In an address to LCWR officials in Rome on April 30, Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), and Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle,...
  • Vatican official rebukes U.S. nuns' group for 'fundamental errors'

    05/05/2014 7:47:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | May 5, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Using what he acknowledged was unusually "blunt" language, the head of the Vatican's doctrinal office rebuked officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for honoring a Catholic theologian whose work was judged "seriously inadequate" and for promoting futuristic ideas he described as "opposed to Christian revelation." Cardinal Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, made the remarks April 30 in an address to the presidency of the LCWR, a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's communities as members, representing about 80 percent of the country's...
  • New LCWR head says assessment is about Church's future

    08/25/2013 2:13:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cna ^ | August 24, 2013
    Orlando, Fla., Aug 24, 2013 / 10:15 am (CNA).- Sister Carol Zinn, the newly elected head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, said the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the conference is “much more about the future” of the Catholic Church and not primarily about the conference itself. “As women of the Church, we will discern how to move through the turbulent aftermath of the doctrinal assessment,” Sr. Zinn, a member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, said during her remarks to the LCWR Leadership Assembly, held Aug. 13-16 at the Caribe Royale Hotel in Orlando, Fla. “The processes...
  • No real cooperation from women's religious group, author says

    08/25/2013 2:02:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | August 24, 2013 | Michelle Bauman
    Sr. Florence Deacon, OSF, outgoing president of the LCWR. Credit: Lisa Johnston for CNA. South Bend, Ind., Aug 24, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite a shift in tone, virtually no progress has been made toward the Vatican's goals for the reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, says an author who has closely followed the group. Group members “are making an effort to be more conciliatory, at least verbally,” said Ann Carey, author of the 1997 book “Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities” and the newly-released “Sisters in Crisis Revisited: From Unraveling to...
  • Secular foundation grants $2.3 mil to Nat Cathc Reporter to provide publicity for women religious

    08/23/2013 4:24:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 23, 2013 | Diogenes
    The Conrad Hilton Foundation has awarded a $2.3 million grant to the National Catholic Reporter to establish as “global sisters’ net,” providing “greater voice to countless Catholic sisters around the globe.” The grant to the National Catholic Reporter-- a newspaper with a long history of dissent from Catholic teaching—comes at a time when women religious in the United States are under Vatican scrutiny. Annette Lomont, the chairman of the board for the Reporter, said: “We’ve been standing with sisters from the beginning, and I consider the grant encouragement to go on telling their stories.” The Reporter explained that the grant...
  • At the LCWR Woodstock in Orlando the sisters learn that “we are stardust”

    08/16/2013 3:10:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The LCWR Woodstock 2013 has begun at Yasgur’s Farm … er… the Caribe Royale Resort near Disney World in Orlando.Today they had a talk from their featured speaker, Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF.Excerpts from the National Catholic Register coverage: LCWR Keynote Speaker Advocates ‘Cosmological Rethink’ of ReligionSister Ilia Delio discusses an ‘evolutionary’ approach with the women religious gathered in Orlando for the group’s 2013 annual assembly.ORLANDO — Sister of St. Francis Ilia Delio, melding science and theology, took her fellow women religious on a journey through the cosmos yesterday in her two-part keynote speech, “Religious Life on the Edge of...
  • Nuns in Arms! Sr. Fiedler runs down Archbp. Sartain as the LCWR Games begin

    08/13/2013 3:01:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 13, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The inimitable Sr. Maureen Fiedler has taken it upon her broad shoulder to be spokesone for the LCWR.Sr. Maureen Fiedler We know that a past mentor of the LCWR is annoyed that Archbp. Sartain (appointed by the CDF to keep his eyes on the nuns) is attending the proceedings (starting today) at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. HEREThe old guard is piping up.From the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) with my emphases and comments: LCWR: The coming assembly Maureen Fiedler | Aug. 13, 2013The website of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) offers this headline: “We welcome new members...
  • National Schismatic Reporter starts to turn on the Pope – Francis and the LCWR

    05/11/2013 10:07:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 9, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is something that I never thought I would write.Fr. Z kudos to Jamie Manson of the National Schismatic Reporter.One of Fishwrap‘s headliners, a darling of LCWR, the openly-lesbian, Margaret Farley-mentored Jamie Manson has sobered up about Pope Francis.She has a piece in the Fishwrap today in which she tosses Francis under the bus. Be clear about this: she is wrong in her positions, but she is honest enough to state her case clearly and she sees accurately what is going on.Context: she starts with the high hopes which the liberal, dissenting LCWR-ers had for Pope Francis, how jazzed they...
  • Careerists and climbers doing "great harm" to the Church (Pope Francis to women religious)

    05/08/2013 3:35:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | May 8, 2013
    Vatican City, 8 May 2013 (VIS) – “The men and women of the Church who are careerists and social climbers, who 'use' people, the Church, their brothers and sisters—whom they should be serving—as a springboard for their own personal interests and ambitions … are doing great harm to the Church.” This is what Pope Francis asserted in his address to the participants in the plenary assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) whom he received in audience this morning. The pontiff spoke to the sisters of obedience, poverty, and chastity: “Obedience as listening to God's will, in...
  • Pope Francis to meet privately with international sisters

    05/06/2013 2:49:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    NC Reporter ^ | May 3, 2013 | Joshua McElwee
    Rome Pope Francis is scheduled to have a private audience next week with the leadership group representing international women's congregations meeting in Rome for their triennial assembly, the group announced Friday.About 800 of nearly 2,000 members of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) are meeting in Rome through Wednesday. They will meet privately with Pope Francis before his regular Wednesday general audience.Leaders of the sisters' group, which announced the meeting with the pope at a pre-assembly meeting Friday, could not recall the last time a pope had met with their general membership.Pope Benedict XVI canceled an audience scheduled for...
  • Pope stands firm on reforming "radical feminist" U.S. nuns

    04/15/2013 6:36:13 PM PDT · by Plainsman · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 15, 2013 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican's criticism of a body that represents U.S. nuns which the Church said was tainted by "radical" feminism, dashing hopes he might take a softer stand with the sisters. Francis's predecessor, Benedict, decreed that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), a group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in the United States, must change its ways, a ruling which the Vatican said on Monday still applied. Last year, a Vatican report said the LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems" and promoted "radical feminist themes incompatible with...
  • Sr. Simone Campbell spins the CDF smackdown of the LCWR. Hilarity ensues

    04/15/2013 3:28:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 15, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In a story about the CDF smackdown on the LCWR, USA Today quotes Sr. Simone Campbell of the ultra-poltical, ultra-liberal Nuns on the Bus crowd.Sr. Campbell is too smart actually to believe this, but let’s read it anyway: [...] Sister Simone Campbell of Network, a Catholic social justice lobbying group, said Monday that she would wait and see how this plays out across time and changes in Vatican bureaucracy that may be ahead under Francis.“The censure (of the LCWR) has always been about politics. [?!?] And politics are shifting in the church right now. We know when politics shift, there...
  • Pope Reaffirms Vatican's Call for Reform of U.S. Nuns' Group

    04/15/2013 1:40:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    American Catholic ^ | April 15, 2013 | CAROL GLATZ
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors." The doctrinal congregation met April 15 with the LCWR leadership and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who had been assigned by the Vatican to oversee the reform of the pontifically recognized leadership...
  • The Honeymoon May be Over....

    04/15/2013 1:05:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 4/15/13 | The Motley Monk
    With the publication of one paragraph by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, it appears that the Catholic left’s honeymoon with Pope Francis may have hit a dead end. The paragraph reads: …Archbishop Müller informed the Presidency that he had recently discussed the Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.What’s this? Pope Francis is going to continue the process initiated by Pope Benedict XVI that is intended to curtail the doctrinal and liturgical errors propounded by the leadership of the Leadership Conference...
  • NCR teams up with Ford Found backed entity to hide truth about Holy See’s ‘Doc Assesment’ of LCWR

    12/27/2012 4:01:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 27, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Every year around Christmas and Easter, the usual hyenas emerge from the brush to worry at the Church’s heels. This year, as a little gift to the Christ Child, the National Catholic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) has teamed up with an entity I’ve never heard of, the Global Post, to excrete a series of articles which have no other purpose than to harm the Church through distortion of facts.The Global Post, which is funded by the Ford Foundation, which also funds anti-Catholic groups such as “Catholics For Choice“, and which has board over-lap with Planned Parenthood, and Fishwrap are teamed up...
  • The plot sickens (LCWR)

    08/13/2012 2:37:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 13, 2012 | Hilary White
    ROME, August 10, 2012 ( – So, the LCWR had their meeting in St. Louis last week and as we all know, the main item on the agenda was how they are going to respond to the Vatican’s “attack,” requiring them to submit to a mandated reform. We know this because the media coverage has been relentless, outrageously biased and unilateral, and ubiquitous. The sisters’ main ally in their media blitz has been National Catholic Reporter, which has run virtually non-stop coverage since April.  NCR has brought with them the usual posse of journalistic southpaws riding shotgun: the US Jesuit...
  • US nuns facing Vatican order to reform, quash dissent will hold talks with church leaders

    08/11/2012 9:06:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | August 10, 2012 | JIM SALTER and RACHEL ZOLL
    ST. LOUIS - American nuns described as dissenters in a Vatican report that ordered an overhaul of their group said Friday they will talk with church leaders about potential changes but will not compromise on the sisters' mission.Sister Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, called the Vatican assessment of the organization a "misrepresentation." But she said the more than 900 women who attended the group's national assembly this week decided they would for now stay open to discussion with three bishops the Vatican appointed to oversee them."The officers will proceed with these discussions as long as...
  • Day 2 of the LCWR Assembly: Contemplating a Response to the Vatican

    08/10/2012 6:32:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    On this second day of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious assembly here in St. Louis, the “elephant in the room” — the Vatican mandate for reform of the LCWR — was recognized just a bit more than yesterday. The most dramatic incident occurred in a question-answer period after a panel discussion on the future of religious life. A sister asked the three panelists “If you were in our shoes, what would you do?” When panelist Tom Fox responded bluntly, “Just say ‘No,’” audible groans could be heard from some of the 900 sisters. Fox, who is the publisher of...
  • LCWR Assembly Begins. What their keynote speaker brings to the Nuns. VIDEO

    08/07/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 7, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Let’s hear a little bit of what the Nuns of the LCWR will hear during their assembly.Here is a video of their chosen and honored keynote speaker: Barbara Marx Hubbard.Try to get through this. Seriously. It is a real education in NunThink. ?!? CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW VIDEO WOW. Just… WOW.Snake oil.Gosh… I wonder why the CDF would be concerned about the LCWR. Barbara Marx HubbardBiography & Resources     Barbara Marx Hubbard is an author, public speaker, social innovator, and president of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution. She has initiated a guided educational program supported by Internet systems called...
  • LCWR assembly begins; Vatican representative told attendance 'would not be helpful'

    08/07/2012 5:06:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 3, 2012
    Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who has been charged by the Vatican with responsibility for supervising a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), has been told by the group’s leaders that his presence “would not be helpful” at the LCWR’s annual assembly this week. As the LCWR prepared for the annual meeting, at which members will discuss the Vatican’s demand for reform, the group’s president, Sister Patricia Farrell, told reporters that the group would continue to question Church teachings. She expressed concern that in the Vatican’s eyes, “that questioning is seen as defiance.” “I would also...
  • LCWR nuns: “Catholic Church is pro-foetus but keeps silent on other essential issues”

    07/20/2012 4:32:18 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 7/19/2012 | Maria Teresa Pontara Pederiva
    Sister Pat Farrel, president of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious breaks the silence in a radio interview with NPR. The world moves on and doctrine cannot remain static she says It seemed like a coincidence to many but the day after a change of guard was announced in the leadership of the Holy Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - Cardinal Levada was substituted by Cardinal Müller – nuns of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), the association which represents 80% of women religious in the U.S. and which is preparing a national assembly to be held...
  • LCWR Prepares to Discuss Response to Vatican Mandate to Reform

    08/06/2012 1:36:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LCWR’s Sister Pat Farrell held a press conference Aug. 2 ahead of next week’s assembly.The annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in St. Louis next week is in a spotlight because the sisters will be discussing how to respond to a Vatican mandate to reform the organization. The 1,500-member LCWR is made up of superiors of 320 religious orders that have about 80% of the sisters in this country. After a four-year study, done in April, the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) ordered a renewal of the LCWR because of several doctrinal...
  • Bishop Explains Vatican's Criticism Of U.S. Nuns (promoting non-catholic theology)

    07/26/2012 1:38:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    npr ^ | July 25, 2012
    Four years ago, a Vatican group called "The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith" began an assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a member organization founded in 1956 that represents 80 percent of Catholic nuns in the United States. The assessment was designed to take a careful look at whether the nuns were acting in accordance with the teachings of the church. In the assessment, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the leadership conference is undermining Roman Catholic teachings on homosexuality and birth control and promoting "radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic...
  • New Vatican doctrinal chief talks about SSPX, LCWR discussions

    07/25/2012 1:25:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | July 25, 2012 | Cindy Wooden
    Archbishop Muller (CNS file/Paul Haring) By Cindy WoodenCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Asked about how he would handle the most controversial cases he inherited, the new head of the Vatican's doctrinal office said, "For the future of the church, it's important to overcome ideological conflicts from whatever side they come." German Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in early July, told the Vatican newspaper that the congregation's discussions with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X and with the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious would focus on...
  • Analysis of NPR’s interview of LCWR Pres. Sr. Pat Farrell: like a 7-y/o’s manipulative obfuscation

    07/18/2012 3:35:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 17, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Sr. Pat Farrell of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (a subsidiary of the Magisterium of Nuns) did an interview with the liberal-leaning National Public Radio. Carl Olson of Catholic World Report deftly dissected Sister’s interview. Let’s see the first part with my emphases and comments.[Don't forget: The LCWR's leadership claim that, since they are not clerics, women religious don't have to stand up for Magisterial teachings in their apostolates. Therefore, they think they can blur and be silent about important moral and doctrinal issues and align themselves through that blurring and silence with a secular feminist agenda or with...
  • Biden brings cookies and ice cream to (dissenting) LCWR president’s motherhouse

    07/03/2012 2:08:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 3, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    DUBUQUE, Iowa, July 3, 2012 ( - Vice President Joe Biden made a quiet visit to the religious sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque last week, the motherhouse of the current president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). David Gibson of the Religion News Service wrote that about 150 people were present at the event, and noted that the Dubuque location is the motherhouse of LCWR president Sr. Patricia Farrell, OSF. A recent newsletter also lists Farrell as one of the vice presidents of the Dubuque house. It wasn’t clear whether Farrell was present for Biden’s visit. “The...
  • Oh Sisters! Renegade Catholic nuns engage in media campaign (Nuns on Bus Alert!)

    06/22/2012 8:56:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Speroforum ^ | June 21, 2012 | Stephanie Block
    YouTubeVideo - Theme Song for the LCWR Under Investigation from Rome Here’s what it says on the T-shirt, if you’re interested in buying one: “We Are All Nuns[i] – In solidarity with the nuns who support radical feminist themes: social justice, rebuilding of schools, political asylum, the unemployed, the broken, the earth, the homeless, death and dying, protection of biodiversity, education for all, elderly, unwed mothers, collaboration, the abused, holistic health, anti-human trafficking, the ordination of women, abolishing the death penalty, interfaith work, the end of war, homeless teens, abused women, campus ministries, joy, orphanages, fidelity, displaced persons, fathers,...
  • GUEST POST: “the sisters chose to put this out there for the public”

    06/22/2012 7:43:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 21, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I received this from a reader, which I share now with minor edits and some emphases: Fr. Z, I appreciate your information about these nuns that publicly dissent from Church teaching. It is sometimes humorous but what lies at the core of the issue is the harm they have inflicted on Catholics for decades. I hope we can all keep that in mind.It became a little more personal for me recently. I attended a Catholic girls’ school in Louisiana in the early 90s. I could have written extensively about problems with the death penalty, but I had no understanding at...
  • LCWR reform is not criticism of religious orders, [Archbishop J. Peter Sartain] says

    06/16/2012 8:52:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholic News Service via Arlington CatholicHerald ^ | June 14, 2-12 | Francis X. Rocca
    LCWR reform is not criticism of religious orders, archbishop says   By Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service   Paul Haring | CNS A Vatican-ordered reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not directed at women's religious orders or at any individual sisters, nor is it a statement on the general quality of religious life today, said Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who is overseeing the controversial measure. Archbishop Sartain is pictured celebrating Mass in 2011 in Rome. VATICAN CITY — A Vatican-ordered reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is not directed at women's...
  • Sisters of Mercy doctors say LCWR is injecting politics into dialogue

    06/14/2012 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 14, 2012 | Kevin J. Jones
    Members of the religious order at the Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center. Credit: Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan. Alma, Mich., Jun 14, 2012 / 02:15 am (CNA).- Physicians who are also Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma are criticizing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and its defenders for using an impoverished “language of politics” instead of “the language of faith” in the dialogue with the Catholic hierarchy. “There is no basis for authentic dialogue between these two languages. The language of faith is rooted in Jesus Christ, His life and His mission, as well as the...
  • Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA stands behind LCWR

    In a statement released Friday, Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA says it supports the LCWR's response to the Vatican report. Here's what the organization wrote: The entire membership of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA (RCWP) proudly stands in solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and fully supports the actions that the LCWR will be taking in response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith report. RCWP believes that as a matter of justice, the CDF mandate must be discussed openly and candidly with the LCWR membership. We will continue to pray with and for Pat Farrell, OSF, President of LCWR...
  • American Nuns Vow to Fight Vatican Criticism [Nuns Without Habit, Obedience or Discipline]

    06/02/2012 6:06:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 01, 2012 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    American Nuns Vow to Fight Vatican Criticism Sister Claudia Bronsing takes part in a vigil at St. Colman Church in Cleveland, Ohio, in support of Catholic nuns who were criticized by the Vatican. By LAURIE GOODSTEIN June 1, 2012 The American nuns who were harshly condemned by the Vatican in April as failing to uphold Catholic doctrine finally responded on Friday in their own strong terms, saying the Vatican’s assessment was based on “unsubstantiated accusations” and a “flawed process,” and has caused scandal, pain and polarization in the Roman Catholic Church. Related The nuns issued a statement after six weeks...
  • LCWR board says Vatican order to reform based on 'flawed process'

    06/01/2012 2:05:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | January 1, 2012
    Arlene McGarrity demonstrates her support of women religious and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious outside the headquarters of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops May 8. The LCWR, in a June 1 statement responding to the Vatican's critical assessment of its organization, acknowledged the messages and signs of support received from Catholics and non-Catholics around the world. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said June 1 the assessment that led to a Vatican order to reform the organization "was based on unsubstantiated accusations and...
  • "The Report Has Caused Scandal" -- On Call for "Renewal," The Sisters Respond

    06/01/2012 1:58:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    WITL ^ | January 1, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    (4.40pm ET -- updated with response from Vatican delegate below.) After refraining from public comment amid a widespread outpouring of reaction to last month's Vatican call for its sweeping reform, early this morning brought an official response from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which blasted the findings of the CDF's years-long Doctrinal Assessment as being "based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency. "The report has furthermore caused scandal and pain throughout the church community," the group representing the leadership of some 80 percent of the nation's sisters said, "and created greater...
  • Women's religious conference reform prompts Twitter duel

    05/02/2012 12:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2012
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and Fr. James Martin, SJ. Denver, Colo., May 1, 2012 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Reaction to the Vatican’s announced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) took form on the social media site Twitter, where efforts to show support for religious sisters dueled with the group's critics.Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor for America magazine, launched a Twitter hashtag “#WhatSistersMeanToMe” to show appreciation for all religious sisters on the microblogging site where 140-character text messages and popular tags can spread with rapidity.“Catholic sisters teach me what it means to persevere without the benefit of...
  • Crisis between U.S. nuns and Vatican has been a long time coming

    04/27/2012 2:42:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | April 26, 2012 | marco tosatti
    The doctrinal rebuff which the LCWR received from the Holy See, has its roots back in 1971, when the U.S.’s women religious rewrote their statute The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led by U.S. Cardinal William Levada, has asked for a deep reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the organisation which represents the majority of religious women’s orders in the United States. The request for the reform came after the conclusions of an inquiry showed that ““the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern.” The Congregation...
  • A Catholic ‘war on women’ {Barf alert/liberal tripe}

    04/24/2012 11:11:40 PM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 24 April 2012 | Sally Quin
    ...The Roman Catholic Church is a hierarchical institution if there ever was one.. this time the Pope has gone too far. ... they supported the White House over health care reform, lining up against the bishops. . they had the audacity to compromise with President Obama on the issue of birth control mandates in employers’ health-care programs. Finally, they have not been outspoken enough on gay marriage and abortion. ...These bishops ... have chosen Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain to lead the “reform.” Sartain recently asked priests in his archdiocese to sign a petition condemning gay marriage. Several refused. But if...
  • The Vatican and the Sisters

    04/24/2012 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/23/2012 | George Weigel
    In Chariots of Fire, two of the elders of Cambridge University invite the young Jewish runner Harold Abrahams to a formal, black-tie luncheon, during which they try to dissuade the upstart undergraduate from using a professional trainer to prepare for the forthcoming Paris Olympics. Abrahams declines to follow Oxbridge athletic orthodoxy and leaves in something of a huff. The Master of Trinity (brilliantly played by John Gielgud) sighs and says to the Master of Caius, “Another God, another mountaintop.” It’s a scene worth keeping in mind when parsing the recent Vatican decision to take into a form of ecclesiastical receivership...
  • Catholic Caucus: Nuns Backstab Bishops on Health Care, Demand Bill's Passage

    03/18/2010 7:22:21 AM PDT · by topher · 56 replies · 1,047+ views
    Wednesday March 17, 2010 Nuns Backstab Bishops on Health Care, Demand Bill's Passage Catholic Leadership Conference of Women Religious urge Congress to caste "a life-affirming"yes" vote for pro-abortion Senate bill By Peter J. SmithWASHINGTON, D.C., March 17, 2010 ( - The health care reform controversy appears to have brought serious disagreements within the U.S. Catholic Church out into the open. Just days after the Catholic Health Association endorsed the Senate health-care bill, the Catholic Leadership Conference of Women Religious has also now publicly broken ranks with the US Catholic Bishops, demanding that the House of Representatives pass the abortion-promoting legislation.The...