The 4-day annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has concluded with no decisions about concrete steps being taken to address the CDF’s concerns about institutionalised dissent. Catholic World News reports:
‘The LCWR—which represents leaders of roughly 80% of the women religious in the US—has avoided direct confrontation with the Vatican over the plans for the mandated reform. But Ann Carey, the author of Sisters in Crisis, observed in a National Catholic Register report that the group has not taken any concrete action to address the Vatican’s concerns.’
The mandated reforms of the LCWR followed from the CDF’s ’Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious’ which revealed a catalog of dissent and heresy among the leadership group of US women religious that is beyond belief. For example, the CDF state:
‘The Cardinal offered as an example specific passages of Sr. Laurie Brink’s address about some Religious “moving beyond the Church” or even beyond Jesus. This is a challenge not only to core Catholic beliefs; such a rejection of faith is also a serious source of scandal and is incompatible with religious life. Such unacceptable positions routinely go unchallenged by the LCWR, which should provide resources for member Congregations to foster an ecclesial vision of religious life, thus helping to correct an erroneous vision of the Catholic faith as an important exercise of charity.’
The Apostolic Visitation officially uncovered what many loyal and faithful Catholics have known for years that there are ‘policies of corporate dissent’ among many US religious congregations:
‘The terms of the letters suggest that these sisters collectively take a position not in agreement with the Church’s teaching on human sexuality. It is a serious matter when these Leadership Teams are not providing effective leadership and example to their communities, but place themselves outside the Church’s teaching.’
Protect the Pope comment: Archbishop Sartain, who is leading the reform of the LCWR met with the group’s board members during the 4 day conference, for what the LCWR said was an “extraordinarily rich and deeply reverent conversation.” God save us from the Church of Nice!