I was privileged to attend the annual LCWR national conference in Houston, Texas.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
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Global Sisters Report: LCWR missed a golden opportunity to help move the church hierarchy toward transparency, which is increasingly being called for in civil and ecclesial arenas.
On the back wall of the stone cottage behind the Bolduc House in Ste. Genevieve, Mo., the Doctrine of Discovery is posted. It was published on May 4, 1493, as the Inter Caetera Papal Bull by Pope Alexander VI. There is a petition to Pope Francis to rescind it on the Romero Institute's website.
Global Sisters Report: "The potential bad news -- and maybe I'm being a pessimist -- is that while the oversight by the Vatican maybe has ceased, the self-silencing will continue."
Simply Spirit: It is unlikely that the outcomes for U.S. sisters would have been so positive without the outpouring of support by grass-roots Catholics.
Global Sisters Report: Catholic women religious and observers reacted with notable -- but muted -- relief to the end of Vatican oversight of LCWR.
Global Sisters Report: The whole sad doctrinal assessment and oversight mandate of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious from the Vatican is history. Alleluia!
We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"
Simply Spirit: For over two years, my community's leadership diverted energy away from ministry to the marginalized to address this searching Vatican inquiry.