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 exchanges of our understandings of and perspectives on critical matters of Religious Life and its practice,” Sr. Sharon Holland, IHM, President of LCWR, said in an April 16 press release.
Officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle and officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) met at the Vatican April 16.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said in the press release that “the Congregation is confident that LCWR has made clear its mission to support its member institutes by fostering a vision of religious life that is centered on the person of Jesus Christ and is rooted in the Tradition of the Church.”
This vision, he said, “makes religious women and men radical witnesses to the Gospel, and, therefore, is essential for the flourishing of religious life in the Church.”
Archbishop Sartain, who in 2012 was charged with leading their reform, presented a joint report with members of the LCWR on the implementation of the congregation’s Doctrinal Assessment and Mandate, which was issued in April 2012.
The joint report outlines the process in which the implementation of the mandate has been carried out. With the congregation’s acceptance of the joint report, the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the LCWR has come to a close.
In April 2012, the Vatican released the findings of a four year doctrinal assessment of the women’s conference, which found a state of doctrinal crisis within the organization, and raised concerns of dissent from Church teaching on topics including homosexuality, the sacramental priesthood and the divinity of Christ.
Among the assessment’s key findings were serious theological and doctrinal errors in presentations at the conference’s recent annual assemblies. Some presentations depicted a vision of religious life incompatible with the Catholic faith, or attempted to justify dissent from Church doctrine and showed “scant regard for the role of the Magisterium,” the assessment found.
At the same time the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith assigned Archbishop Sartain to oversee the conference’s reform, and he was given a mandate of up to five years to help the LCWR review and revise their statues, formation materials, presentations, events and links with affiliated organizations.
A key topic the report addressed was the mandate’s call for a careful review of the LCWR’s publications and programs to ensure that they are faithful to Church teachings.
The choice of assembly topics and speakers – which has been one of the most contested points of the LCWR’s reform mandate – was also addressed in the report.
In order to stay faithful to their mission and service in the Church, the selection of discussion topics and speakers will be carried out in “a prayerful, thoughtful and discerning manner,” according to the report.
In 2012, the same year the original assessment was released, the conference hosted philosopher Barbara Marx Hubbard, an author and promoter of “Conscious Evolution” as the keynote speaker for their annual general assembly.
Since then the concept – which Cardinal Müller cautioned opposes Christian revelation – has been featured heavily in LCWR materials.
I guess the thinking is these ‘sisters’ have a lot more yesterdays than tomorrows, so Pope Francis wishes not to impose any kind of discipline upon them. These nuns have done much damage with their style of ‘social justice’. As they near their eternal reward, hopefully they will contemplate their decisions and do penance. In the future, I pray the traditional orders will grow, for those who don the habit outwardly show the inner commitment they have to Christ and His Church. Someday the rebellious hippie mentality will fade and true devotion and obedience will win out. +JMJ+
We appreciate the work done by Catholic Sisters. We do not appreciate Catholic HERETIC Sisters.
I hope all will conform to Sacred Scripture and the Doctrine of the Faith (Catechism of the Catholic Church, second edition”).
Deviations are not acceptable behavior.
As of today, the LCWR still has not expelled heretical Nuns from their organization.
The LCWR is still a partner in the “NETWORK” political lobbying organization.
NETWORK is the organization of Nuns that orchestrated the petition of the Nuns to Congress in favor of OBAMACARE.
As we know and were warned by US Bishops and their attorneys – OBAMACARE provides for taxpayer paid Abortion on demand, Contraception, voluntary Sterilization, and violates freedom of Religion.
Partners of NETWORK –
The LCWR as a “Partner” and “Coalition Member” of “NETWORK” supports “NUNS on the BUS”.
“Nuns on the Bus” is headed up by heretic Sr. Simone Campbell, who supports Obama and the Democratic Party of Death. (She spoke at the last Democratic National Convention.)
The National Democratic Platform supports taxpayer paid:
Abortion on demand, Contraception, voluntary sterilization, embryonic stem cell research; and supports sodomy marriage.
Until the LCWR removes itself from NETWORK and from supporting “NUNS on the Bus” they are liars and only pretending to be faithful to the Catholic Church.
Since each Order of Nuns has its own charism which varies greatly from Order to Order – whether that be nursing, teaching, helping unwed mothers, assisting the elderly, working in a Diocese, etc., why is there any need for the LCWR ?
Why not stop wasting good Nuns time with politics, and disband the LCWR all together ?
” Why not stop wasting good Nuns time with politics, and disband the LCWR all together ?” – good question. I have not seen a good answer.
Disband them so that energy can be spent by each Order on their own Charism, rather than policing them.
They are nothing more than a PAC within the Church. This organization has done nothing for the Church.
They do not adhere to the Bible and CCC.
I would caution any young woman against entering any Order that supports the LCWR or is a current member of the LCWR.
It is clear that they do not adhere to the CCC.
The picture is very telling. Barbara Marx Hubbard (pictured) is a self described Jewish Agnostic,
and in favor of a one world government.
When is the LCWR going to expel the NEW AGE Nuns from their organization ?
Most of these creatures have not been nuns or sisters for quite some time. They are no longer Catholic, even though the Vatican still considers them such. They are scandalous and the rot they have caused is tremendous. The have helped to destroy the Catholic Church, and that is a fact. Ave Maria Purrissima !
The Church has deluded itself! We desperately need good, correct Church leadership and governance! These “nuns” are a total FRAUD!! They are UNFAITHFUL and DISOBEDIENT–and have done a great deal of damage! They do us no good, so good Catholics and their families and children, all must AVOID them, like the plague! I think this is another tragic sign of the weakness of the leadership of our current Pope.
Linda Maria, I would disagree with your assessment of the nuns. All that I have met in recent years, and I admit that is not too many, have been stalwarts of the faith and have had very positive results in the parishes in which they work. They were not unfaithful or disobedient. You must know some that I don’t know. In the parishes to which I have belonged, they were responsible for faith formation, fully compatible with the Church, one was a parish nurse who cared for those who had no medical insurance, some were working to help the immigrants, etc. All doing good work. Should we walk across the street when we see them coming?