Today the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith smacked down, hard, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. This is, as you may remember, the group of leaders of communities of women religious (not all the religious themselves, but the leaders), who have recently been under scrutiny by the Holy See… and rightly so.
When Francis was elected, they issued this statement. HERE
Prayers for Pope Francis
March 13, 2013
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) offers its congratulations and heartfelt prayer to Pope Francis as he assumes the papacy at this critical time for the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio demonstrated great dedication to the mission of the Church during his leadership in Argentina. As he serves in the papacy, we trust that his many gifts will continue to be spent on behalf of the universal church, and most especially for people who live in poverty in all parts of the world.
As a conference of leaders of orders of Catholic sisters in the United States, we welcome Pope Francis’s spiritual leadership and look forward to working with him in carrying forward the Gospel message.
In the wake of today’s Francis-approved smackdown, they issued this statement. HERE
LCWR Statement on Meeting with CDF
April 15, 2013
On April 15, 2013 Sister Florence Deacon, OSF, LCWR president; Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR president-elect; and Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, LCWR executive director; met with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF); Archbishop Luis Ladaria, secretary of CDF; and other members of the CDF dicastery. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was also present.
The LCWR officers reviewed the activities of this past year since receiving the report of CDF’s doctrinal assessment of LCWR in April 2012.
In his opening remarks, ArchbishopMüller informed the group the he had met with Pope Francis who “reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors“.
The conversation was open and frank. [I’ll bet it was.] We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the Church.
Although the sisters have been whining for months that they have been treated unfairly by the mean old Vatican men, Francis agrees with the CDF.
Francis agrees that the sisters need to change they ways.