Great moments in journalism, Amanpour edition

My blog neighbor and editor Elizabeth has a kick-ass takedown of Christiane Amanpour’s pitiful interview with Sr. Joan Chittister.   You can see the conversation for yourself — best viewed through the fingers over your eyes, when they aren’t in your ears — over at the Te Deum blog. The Anchoress notes: Chittister also allows Amanpour [Read More...]

Cardinal Levada warns of “dialogue of the deaf” with LCWR

From John Allen at NCR: In the wake of Tuesday’s meeting with representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican official responsible for a recent crackdown said he still believes the relationship can work, but also warned of a possible “dialogue of the deaf,” reflected in what he sees as a lack of [Read More...]

One sister’s story: “WE are the Church”

As representatives of the LCWR meet with officials at the Vatican today, one sister talks to the Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein about the controversy surrounding the Vatican’s intervention: Anne Curtis’s Silver Spring office is decorated with warm afghans and photos of her late parents, and her phone ring is set to a chime like something [Read More...]

Bishop investigating LCWR explains “causes for concern”

Details from Toledo’s Bishop Leonard Blair, in his weekly newspaper column: The word “investigation” is often used to describe the work that I carried out on behalf of the CDF. “Investigation” suggests an attempt to uncover things that might not be known. In reality, what the CDF commissioned was a doctrinal “assessment,” an appraisal of [Read More...]

Vatican warns: book by American nun on sexual ethics could cause “grave harm to the faithful”

Details: The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warned June 4 that Mercy Sister Margaret Farley’s 2006 book, “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics,” contains “erroneous propositions” on homosexual acts, same-sex marriage, masturbation and remarriage after divorce that could cause confusion and “grave harm to the faithful.” In a notification signed [Read More...]

LCWR says Vatican report “unsubstantiated…flawed…lacked transparency”

The group released a statement this morning, which is reproduced below in its entirety from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious website: The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) held a special meeting in Washington, DC from May 29-31 to review, and plan a response to, the report issued to LCWR by [Read More...]

Quote of the day

“We ate, we laughed, we joked, they chanted and prayed and stood behind wooden gratings. But, make no mistake, they fly even with their wings clipped.” – NY Post TV scribe Linda Stasi, on visiting cloistered nuns. She was invited by Mother Dolores Hart to visit her in the abbey. Read what happened. [Read more...]

Answering the call — at a baseball game

From Major League Baseball … a fan with faith. And a phone. [Read more...]

Meet the nun who calls herself “the hostess of the protest”

While Chicago contends with anti-NATO protests, one person at the forefront of the activity is a woman with a lot of experience at this sort of thing. She happens to be a Catholic nun.  Details: If you watched Sister Kathleen Desautels on Sunday morning near downtown’s Petrillo Music Shell, you could tell she’s been here before. [Read More...]

Sisters turn to the Internet for vocations

This being Vocation Sunday, it’s a good time to look at a vocation that is really struggling, religious sisters.  How can they attract new recruits? Here’s one answer: When Sister Elaine Lachance devoted herself to a religious life straight out of high school in 1959, her religious order had more than a dozen convents in [Read More...]


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