Don’t try to sustain the past

Former LCWR president tells religious sisters meeting in Anaheim they should embrace "transformation to a new form" as orders struggle financially, lose vocations

The following comes from an October 14 Global Sisters Report article by Dan Stockman. Global Sisters Report is a project of National Catholic Reporter.  Religious life in North America and Europe stands on a precipice of transformation to a new form that no one yet knows, and leaders need to embrace that mystery instead of trying to sustain the past, St. Joseph Sr. Carol … [Read more...]

What real, beautiful consecrated life is like

“For Love Alone” to screen in San Francisco & Los Angeles May 15 & 16

The following comes from a May 7 email from one of our readers: In the months of May and June there will be a traveling screening throughout the United States and Canada of the documentary film For Love Alone. The film, a joint production of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious and Grassroots Films “highlights the lives of women religious throughout the … [Read more...]

American Sisters accept Vatican reforms

Leadership Conference of Women Religious dissented on doctrine, theology

The following comes from an April 16 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: In a joint report marking the conclusion of a multi-year mandate for reform, members of the LCWR have agreed to corrections called for by the Vatican, and said they will continue on the path of dialogue. “We are pleased at the completion of the mandate, which involved long and challenging … [Read more...]

Bad nuns still are

The following comes from a May 5 posting on the blog of Father Zuhlsdorf. This is big. From the site of the CDF. This is pretty much self-explanatory.  Just read it through. CONTEXT: Remember that the nuns were trying to spin what the US bishops and the CDF were, and are doing, as payback for their support for ObamaCare.  The nuns were trying to make this political. … [Read more...]

Dialogue of the deaf

The following is an excerpt of a June 12 story by John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter. In the wake of Tuesday's meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible "dialogue of the deaf," reflected in what … [Read more...]

Beyond Jesus

The following comes from a June 1 Catholic News Agency story. The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is arguing that the Vatican’s recent assessment of the organization was “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.” Board members also said in a June 1 statement that “the sanctions imposed … [Read more...]

East Bay priest bucks Vatican

On the evening of Tuesday May 29, a small group protesting the Vatican’s investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in front of Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light. The investigation was prompted by the organization’s promotion of positions not in line with the teaching of the Church. At least one pastor encouraged his parishioners to attend. In … [Read more...]

What sisters mean to me

Twitter battle over nuns The following comes from a May 1 story of the Catholic News Agency. Reaction to the Vatican’s announced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious 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, … [Read more...]

“Grave matter of serious concern”

Vatican cracks down on Leadership Conference of Women Religious; group says it’s “stunned” by announcement Below are two news releases -- one from the USCCB announcing steps being taken to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and another the following day from the LCWR responding to the announcement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that the … [Read more...]