In a piece from Fishwrap, aka National Sodomitic Reporter, about the closing the LCWR annual confab in view of the Great Swirly, we find this:
If critics thought the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s doctrinal Massessment and mandated changes were going to rein in U.S. women religious and get them to focus more on fighting same-sex marriage and abortion and less on serving those at the margins, they were wrong. [In other words, they are going to go as if nothing had happened with the CDF?]
Not only have sisters simply continued to do what they do, but when presented with an open microphone Thursday morning, several called for expanding that work in a way that may be the opposite of what critics were hoping for.
It happened during what was supposed to be an open discussion of the morning’s keynote address by Divine Word Fr. Stephen Bevans. The plan: Tables drawn randomly would send a representative to the mic to share what their table had talked about while processing Bevans’ presentation.
But one sister approached the microphone, saying that her table hadn’t been called but they wanted their voices heard anyway.
“We think it’s time we stood for the gay and lesbian community. These people are suffering profoundly,” she told the group. “They are coming to our churches, our programs — when are we going to stand for them?”
Another sister said her table had also sent her to the microphone despite not being called on.
She said that all of what LCWR has learned about contemplative dialogue in the last three years should be put to use in not only ministering to the gay and lesbian community, but in fighting discrimination. It may be easier to stand up to the government than it is to stand up to church leaders, she said, but that does not mean sisters can stand by and allow discrimination to continue.
I am hereunder reposting something I posted (only) 3 years ago…
The 2020 annual LCWR Assembly
I picked this up from a future edition of the National catholic Reporter.
Breaking down barriers, affirming freedom
by Jamie O’Brien
12 August 2020
HONOLULU (NcR) The 2020 annual national assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is underway in Honolulu, under the swaying palms and by the sparkling sandy beaches. Once again the gathered sisters have met to affirm each other in their respective callings.
Beth Mackee, LCWR co-mentor, introduced this year’s national assembly speaker Dyna Moore. Moore, the latest in a series of transgendered Daughters of Charity to profess vows, told the assembly in her keynote speech how liberating it was for her now to be a woman.
However, Moore directed the majority of her remarks to the Assembly’s theme, “Age: The Final Frontier“.
Picking up on the assembly’s strong anticipation of President Obama’s fourth term, Moore reminded the group that “much still needs to be done to carry forward the liberation of women from all forms of oppression, especially sexual oppression”.
Congratulating the LCWR for its defeat a decade earlier of the CDF’s attempted 5-year takeover, Moore recalled the women religious who in the meantime “heroically fought the male hierarchy’s strong support of legislation banning polygamous lesbian marriages”.
Yet Moore challenged the assembled sisters to intensify their efforts in support of a national law aimed at lowering the age of sexual consent to 11.
In her talk, Moore, a professor of linguistics at Notre Dame, surveyed the negative history surrounding language concerning women’s rights.
Moore claimed that “terms such as abortion and prostitution and polygamy, and now pedophilia, have been used by men to stigmatize women in their search for sexual liberty”.
After fighting for the right of women of all ages to have abortions without parental knowledge or consent, Moore suggested that women religious should “lead the battle for the relational freedom of females of every age”.
The assembly rose in a standing ovation when Moore declared that “the human right of girls to choose sexual partners regardless of age represents the final frontier of women’s sexual and reproductive freedom”.
While Moore was speaking, members of the Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Nuns, SNAN (formerly known as SNAP) protested outside Honolulu’s most expensive hotel, where the Assembly was held.
“They are compromising the future repressed memories of countless children,” said a SNAN spokesperson.
One of the commentators under that post offered these as possible future workshops:
Age: The Final Frontier
- Dropping the R?
- Looking ahead: What about the W?
- Education: Reaching the young remaining in innocence.
- Recognizing the hormonal effects of contraception begun at 12 in public schools by sight.
- Cloning: Extending the frontier.
- Homogenizing gender: makeovers, fashion sense, and hair styling.
- Retreat planning.
- Retreats for kids .
- Latest developments in motorized rollaters, wheelchairs, and vans.
- Maintaining community life in condocare villages.
- Music: make your own.
- Water ballet and hula dancing.
- Planning and ordering buffets: Baking and storing sweets.
- Campaigning and coffee hours.
- Social networking and liberation. b-y-o-tech.