Even after last year’s bitter experience being rejected by the LCWR, I – eternal optimist that I am – once again applied for media credentials for their annual assembly.
The LCWR sisters will assemble in Nashville from 12-15 August.
Yes, I sent in my application again. And even though more people read my blog each day than the whole circulation of some Catholic periodicals, once again I was rejected.
I am dejected because I was rejected.
Here is what I received:
Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
We have reviewed your media credential application for the 2014 LCWR Assembly.
We find you do not meet the credentialing criteria of the posted Media Coverage Policy ( https://lcwr.org/sites/default/files/page/files/lcwr_media_coverage_policy_2014.pdf ).
I invite you to check the LCWR website since we will post some public statements on the assembly activities and events.
Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Associate Director for Communications
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
8808 Cameron Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910
So, what’s really going on here? LCWR will give outlets such as the National Schismatic Reporter credentials, so they can preach to their fans, to the already converted. But they won’t be open and dialogue with those who are not already carrying their water for them? Is that it?
How can they claim to be prophetic if they are so closed off and defensive?
Where’s the transparency? What are they afraid of?
Are they afraid of not being able to control their news? Are they afraid of reaching out?
Since I am now, once again, inconsolable, I place myself in your hands, dear readers. Only you can pick me back up again.