LCWR UPDATE: Fidget Spinner, Mickey Mouse, and interesting gestures

Update from the annual meeting of the LCWR:

Not photoshopped:


What do you want to bet that some of these same gals back in March 2016, during the political campaign, accused Trump supporters of being Nazis when they raised their hands and promised to vote for him.


And there’s this:

Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word Teresa Maya took out a flashing fidget spinner as she closed the annual assembly for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

As the conference’s president, she promised the almost 800 sisters gathered before her on Aug. 11 that the presidential triumvirate will be a team that mirrors the trendy gadget: working in unison, producing color.

The ol’ Fidget Spinner approach.  I am reminded of their Great Swirly conflab a couple years ago.  HERE

Another annual gathering concluded on a high note.

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  1. TNCath says:

    The Mickey Mouse imagery says it all about their role in the Church.

    She won’t put a veil on her heads, but she will put on those ears. Hmmm.

  2. Benedict Joseph says:

    Sister Mary Mini?

  3. GypsyMom says:

    Now I know why I could never stand Mickey Mouse!

  4. Chrisc says:

    It is a shame. I’m sure there are many women there who are attempting to be faithful, attempting to be an authentic witness of the gospel in the world. Instead they end up as a sign of contradiction ad intra, rather than ad extra.

  5. Joy65 says:

    If they put their energy into supporting the Catholic Church and the Catholic Faith the right way they should, imagine the possibilities. This separation and putting themselves above is not what they should be doing. Praying for them.

  6. SKAY says:

    I am so sorry you were not able to attend, Father.

  7. YellowRoses says:

    I’m telling you, there’s a distinct connection between the absence of a habit and, well, oddities.

  8. Atra Dicenda, Rubra Agenda says:

    Not a single habit among the tie die and pant suits.

    [I think I saw one in the photos. There were probably a few more.]

  9. DamianF says:

    St Athanasius of Alexandria could have used a fidget spinner to defeat Arianism. He could have at least thrown it at Arias’s head.

  10. majuscule says:

    If those weren’t mouse ears, perhaps they were covering something…

  11. Grumpy Beggar says:

    majuscule says:
    “If those weren’t mouse ears, perhaps they were covering something…”


  12. Charles E Flynn says:

    It took me a long time to figure out that I disliked Mickey Mouse because he appeared to lack a well-defined belief system.

  13. Mike_in_Kenner says:

    The Leadership Conference of WOMEN Religious has a presidential triumVIRate? Maybe they should let Fr. Z attend their meeting so he could coach them on Latin word origins.

  14. jflare says:

    “Another annual gathering concluded on a high note.”

    They’re definitely high on something, not sure it’s the Holy Spirit though.

  15. Filipino Catholic says:

    What’s next? Someone using the fidget spinner as an analogy for the Trinity, in the same vein as St. Patrick and the shamrock?

  16. tominrichmond says:

    Reminds me of the late, great Michael Davies’ observation about such “blessings,” that it looks like the fascist salute at half cock. Still makes me chuckle when I see an entire congregation giving a “blessing” but it looks like a party rally.

  17. JohnRoss says:

    This is the new Gnosticism.

  18. WmHesch says:

    Fidget spinners might be an interesting tool for priests to become dexterous with “junctis digitis”

  19. JustaSinner says:

    Mickey Mouse should sue for slander and misappropriation of trademarks and logos.

  20. Aquinas Gal says:

    One speaker said they’re changing their narrative from “diminishment” to “communion.”
    But that doesn’t stop the diminishment. With ever-declining numbers, who will there be to have communion with? It seems like their denial of reality is oblivious to facts. It’s sad, though.
    The newer orders coming up are not of the LCWR ilk. Thank God!

  21. RobJ says:

    The Fidget Spinsters?

    [Well done.]

    Fr. Z's Gold Star Award

  22. allenr74 says:

    The photo of arms raised reminds me of a mass I attended at a catholic church in our diocese. We were in the process of moving to the diocese and hadn’t attended a mass. The church was near our hotel so we went to mass there. There was a point where everyone did raise their arms just like in the photo. That gesture coupled with the strange vibe I was getting (in a Catholic church, mind you) convinced me and my family that we wouldn’t be parishioners there. It turns out our new (and current home) was not in that paris anyway. Thankfully our church is more inline with the rubrics. I came to find out the church we visited with the raised hands is overseen by Jesuits.

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