As U.S. Catholic sisters are meeting to discern their relationship with the church’s bishops, the archbishop given expansive oversight of them by the Vatican told their annual assembly Thursday the Virgin Mary teaches the faithful to hand themselves over “completely to the will of God.”
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Sisters scheduled Thursday to hear from the archbishop who was given control over them last year.
Seattle archbishop opens annual leadership meeting with words of friendship 18 months after the sisters group was put under his control.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious members have begun to check in. Some 850 will be here.
Again, as a year ago, this LCWR assembly faces an very uncertain conclusion, and, one man, a prelate, Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, appointed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to oversee LCWR, will largely determine the outcome.
"All the stones need to be turned over," an Ohio federal district judge said. "We need to get this stuff out in the open and deal with it."
Q-and-A: US Catholic sisters still do not think they can give complete control of LCWR over to US bishops, said the head of the Mercy sisters.
"There's a cloud over our head," a former LCWR president says of the group's upcoming annual meeting Aug. 13-16 in Orlando, Fla.
A former leader of LCWR said Pope Francis should reconsider the ban on women priests, likening male-only priesthood to "a form of inequality which is a form of idolatry."
Book review: Historical studies of sisters in the U.S. seem to be appearing in inverse proportion to the decline of those sisterhoods.
Despite the age of women in religious orders, these women in their 20s, 30s and 40s felt -- and heeded -- their calling.