I’ve been thinking about the LCWR meeting, which – sadly – is in its final hours.

I’ve been thinking about the LCWR meeting, which – sadly – is in its final hours. (Have I mentioned that they rejected me?)

What greater sign that the CDF take-over is really working, and that it is game over for the LCWR, than their celebrant for their first Mass?

Who would have been their top choices for presider for that first “liturgy”?

  1. Roy Bourgeois
  2. Roy Bourgeois, and
  3. Roy Bourgeois

No, it was the Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Viganò.

Whose idea was that?  Patty Farrell’s? Deacon’s? Peg Farley’s?

Hey!  Next year do you think we can get them to do the Extraordinary Form?

About Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

Fr. Z is the guy who runs this blog. o{]:¬)
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  1. bbmoe says:

    Now I’ve got this weird picture in my head of the LCWR en masse (so to speak) on some sort of bizarro world Catholic Match dot com trying to find their collective soul mate. Your profile keeps popping up, along with B16 and St. Paul. Hysteria (really!) all around.

  2. acardnal says:

    Better AB Vigano than Zagano!

  3. Jim says:

    I just visited their website and I feel very very sorry for what has happened to these sisters.

    I notice that they still have OSF, SSJ, IHM, SSND etc after their names. That means these are/were catholic sisters/nuns. But it’s so hard to believe that – yet it is true.I have an aunt, who is celebrating the 50th anniversary of her becoming a sister next month (in a very different part of the world – and she is still a very good, habit wearing, Eastern Catholic sister) and these women belong to her generation… and yet they are so different.

    To see pictures of their younger days – beautiful faces in full habits, breaks my heart. Were they beautiful because they were younger or were they beautiful because they were sisters ? It has to be the latter – my aunt, who is in her 70s still looks beautiful in her habit.I wonder how everything went so wrong. This is so so wrong. The world has gone mad – absolutely mad. Was it the Novus Ordo Mass being abused everywhere that caused all this? Was it our disobedience to Our Lady of Fatima ?

    Please pray for these sisters.
    God help us.

  4. acardnal: Better AB Vigano than Zagano!

    Phyllis has goofy ideas about the ordination of women, and she doesn’t like priests and bishops very much, and she really doesn’t like me, but she is clearly, firmly, openly and even at times eloquently, pro-life!

    Fr. Z kudos to Zagano for her pro-life stand.

    The LCWR-type nuns could learn a lot from Phyllis Zagano about public defense of the unborn to a liberal and heterodox audience.

  5. acardnal says:

    I was unaware of Zagano’s pro-life position. Good news there.

  6. Adam Welp says:

    Here’s a dream that I would love to see come true:

    2016 LCWR Convention/Coven at the Boca Raton Convention Center; where the newly minted John Cardinal Zuhlsdorf, Titular Cardinal Archbishop of Black Duck and prefect of the CDW, crashes the gate, with an army of FSSP and ICKSP priests, and orders all attendees to attend the EF Mass and Confession. Sessions would include how to evolve back into a recognizable form of religious life and the importance to obedience in relation to religious vows.

    I would buy tickets to see that show!

    [Maybe you have imbibed of some concoction of the pharmaco-cosmo-theologically odd LCWR keynote speaker?]

  7. Adam Welp says:

    @Fr. Z
    No, but I did attend my second ever EF Mass yesterday for the Feast of the Assumption! Maybe that has something to do with it? [Still high?]

  8. More likely than Adam’s idea, Fr. Z, is that the new president of the LCWR will invite you, even though still “only” a simple priest, to celebrate their Mass in the extraordinary form. But for something truly unlikely, how about the possibility that, faced with eight hundred LCWR sisters kneeling humbly to receive Holy Communion on the tongue, you will be forced to appoint EHMC’s from their number to assist you and Fr. Bourgeois.

    [You may have forgotten one of my mottos about “Safe Legal and Rare”. That would apply to MR. Bourgeois. In the meantime, I am conjuring the image of moi as celebrant for a TLM for the LCWR.]

  9. acardnal says:

    Adam Welp,
    did you stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night?

  10. Legisperitus says:

    Whatever they do will surely take an extraordinary form.

  11. majuscule says:

    Papal Nuncio Archbishop Viganò was a speaker at this year’s West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco. He brought greetings from then Pope Benedict XI along with a papal blessing. It was inspiring to see him.

    I hope the LCWR is likewise inspired.

  12. Joe in Canada says:

    If they cavil at MR Bourgeois, perhaps the strange case of Fr James Alison will tempt them. http://www.jamesalison.co.uk/texts/eng67.html

  13. Panterina says:

    That was good news. Having Archbishop Viganò celebrate Mass instead of Fr. Bourgeois might indicate that the LCWR is open to remaining in synch with the Church’s magisterium, instead of moving away from it. It’s a good step in the right direction: Let’s hope and pray that more such steps are to follow.

  14. Adam Welp:

    Like you, I would crawl on my hands and knees to see the newly-elevated John Cardinal Z, newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith celebrate a full-bore Extraordinary Form Mass for the LCWR encounter session next year. I’m thinking full-on Cappa Magna, etc. The whole thing. Smells, bells, chants, communion at the rail, exorcism of evil spirits, etc.

    Entrance music, of course, is the Imperial March from Star Wars as he processes in. You think they would get the message?


  15. wmeyer says:

    So I suppose that means Roy Burgeois had other plans? A scheduling conflict? Surely Abp. Vigano was not their first choice, these sisters who crave independence from Vatican oversight and control?

  16. wmeyer says:

    And Fr. Z, I am sorry for your loss. I know you ached to be there to mark this stellar event. I hope this loss will not mark you for life.

  17. Gail F says:

    I find the whole thing very sad.

  18. rbbadger says:

    They could invite Monsignor Steenson from the Ordinariate to celebrate Mass for them from the Book of Divine Worship using Rite One. Rite One would be in the glorious 16th century Prayer Book English and chock full of all sorts of exclusionary language guaranteed to make certain people’s heads explode.

    Either that or a Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the Throne.

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