Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Leadership Conference Of Women Religious To Undergo Desperately Needed Reform

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today announced that the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has called for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  The USCCB press release is here.  That in turn links to the "Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious".  I urge you to read it and to save that pdf to your own hard drives.

The CDF, in that document, spells out some fundamental anomalies that the LCWR has been exhibiting for some time:
  • Dissenting speakers at various conferences
  • Embrace of the erroneous concept of women's ordination
  • Embrace of "social justice" issues at the expense of life issues
All in all, I think the reform process is off to a solid start.  A key to its ongoing success will be the support that the CDF receives from the US bishops, as there is sure to be some "push back" from the LCWR itself, along with other progressives who have infested the Church hierarchy.

Some of the progressives have begun their apoplectic seizures already.  From the Not-so Catholic Reporter we read that "the Vatican investigation into U.S. women religious, which began in 2009, is bearing its first toxic fruit."  (Emphasis mine).  The author goes on to express his terror at the thought of Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain leading the reform effort.  And why?  Because Sartain is a "bishop against gay marriage"!  Gasp!  Who'da thunk it??   A Catholic bishop upholding the teachings of Jesus Christ through His Church!   I realize that this is a novel concept for these progressives, but they'd better start getting used to it.  That goes also for the progressives infesting the LCWR.

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