The inimitable Sr. Maureen Fiedler has taken it upon her broad shoulder to be spokesone for the LCWR.
We know that a past mentor of the LCWR is annoyed that Archbp. Sartain (appointed by the CDF to keep his eyes on the nuns) is attending the proceedings (starting today) at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. HERE
The old guard is piping up.
From the National Schismatic Reporter (aka Fishwrap) with my emphases and comments:
LCWR: The coming assembly
Maureen Fiedler | Aug. 13, 2013
The website of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) offers this headline: “We welcome new members and new ideas for living religious life into the future.” And this year, some of those new ideas might come from the keynote speaker at the annual LCWR assembly in Orlando, Fla.: Franciscan Sr. Ilia Delio, who directs the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University. She is one of the emerging thinkers [what a curious way to put that] emphasizing the “new cosmos story” and, in this case, its relevance for contemporary religious life. ["new cosmos story"... remember last year? They had a chat about the “noosphere,” “cosmo genesis,” synergistic convergence”...]
But hanging over the entire assembly [like the proverbial Sword of Damocles] is the Vatican “mandate” [Do you hear a touch of scorn in those ""?] that made headlines last year. LCWR leaders and many others offered stinging critiques of the mandate’s thrust [Oooo!] and inaccuracies. Thousands of Catholics took to the streets and cathedral steps to voice their protest. [Thousands? Puhleeze.]
Now, Sr. Patricia McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, a large community in [the] LCWR, said in an interview that “the points of direction for the future, I think are unacceptable — that the bishops would be looking at our materials, our publications, giving direction to the assembly. … That’s not a conference that most leaders want to belong to.” [First, the sisters can opt out of the LCWR if they wish. Second, this is a manifestation of the attitude which drives the Magisterium of Nuns, whereby the nuns seek to set up their own teaching authority over and against that of the divinely instituted college of bishops.] I’m sure she speaks for far more LCWR members than just herself. [And Sister is speaking for all of them with the help of the Fishwrap.]
Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, head of the three-bishop committee that is supposed to carry out the mandate, [Can you hear the dismissive tone?] will speak at the assembly and reportedly will take questions from the assembled sisters. It will be interesting to see if he has heard any of those messages and if he understands the thrust of religious life today. [No no... dear readers... I'm sure she meant no disrespect.]
In fact, Sartain should be familiar with Catholics who operate out of conscience. [She is about to justify the defiance of the nuns.] According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer on Aug. 5: “He has found that Catholics, and parishes, in Western Washington are an independent-minded, conscience-driven lot. Several parishes in Seattle and Tacoma refused to serve as gathering points for the signature campaign to roll back marriage equality in Washington. A big demonstration of pro-gay marriage Catholics took place outside St. James Cathedral a week before election day.” [See? The enlightened of Seattle defy Archbp. Sartain! If the nuns defy him at the Caribe Royal, Sartain is just getting what he deserves.]
It will also be interesting to try to decipher whether Pope Francis has any influence on this process. [!] Early reports said he approved the mandate, but those reports came from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which inaugurated the mandate, not the pope himself. [HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! Too rich. Don't you love the insinuation of underhanded dealings, conspiratorial machinations, disinformation campaigns against the lamb-innocent sisters?]
One of the accusations against LCWR in the mandate was its emphasis on social justice rather than issues of sexuality or abortion. Funny thing: One might say the same thing about Pope Francis. [Pope Francis... he's so dreamy. He's on our side. What does Maureen think of Francis' clear position against the ordination of women?]
Get the LCWR GAMES begin!
And may the odds be ever in your favor.