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Fishwrap today has an interesting bit of news about the LCWR’s recent developments. As you know, those meanies at the CDF and USCCB are actually going to hold the LCWR’s leadership accountable for their doctrinal dissent and defiance of the bishops.
Today Joshua J. McElwee, who seems to be the NCR’s go to guy for this story, has an article about how LCWR took the news. LCWR ‘stunned’ by Vatican’s latest move.
I’ll be they were stunned! After all, since the Apostolic Visitation had not produced immediate consequences, and since even a highly placed official in the Congregation for Religious had downplayed the results, I’ll bet they thought they had intimidated their way out of the corner they have been painting themselves over for the past decades.
With this new development, however, watch LCWR – a subsidiary of the Magisterium of Nuns – try to spin their latest news as if they are being victimized by the holders of power in the very power structure they themselves would like to control.
There is a bit in McElwee’s report that got my attention. My emphases.
The group [LCWR] sent an email Thursday to the heads of each of the congregations it represents, explaining how the group became aware of the news.
That email, obtained by NCR, ["obtained" Great! I'll bet LCWR's office just cc's everything to NCR.] says LCWR leadership was in Rome to meet Wednesday with members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith regarding the doctrinal assessment. When the leaders came to the meeting, the congregation had already communicated with the U.S. bishops’ conference news of Sartain’s appointment, the email states.
Additionally, the email says LCWR membership was told during the meeting that news of the appointment would only be shared Wednesday at the bishops’ conference internally and not with the general public in order to give the group time to communicate with its leaders. [I have a strong doubt that LCWR was ever told such a thing.]
“When we met with Cardinal (William) Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, on April 18, where we received the assessment results, CDF’s communication had already been sent to the USCCB for release at noon,” the email states. [The implication is that the CDF should not have been communicating with the USCCB autonomously when it came to the LCWR. HAH.]
“We understood that the documents would be put on USCCB’s members-only web page,” it continues. “Consequently, we had hoped to communicate the conclusions with you ourselves. That was not possible.”
It is pretty clear why this news about the CDF and USCCB’s decisions about the LCWR was made public.
Now that everyone knows about this, LCWR can’t just go back to their labyrinths and oaktrees and pretend nothing had happened.