Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

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Fireworks this week, as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in Nashville for their 2014 annual meeting.The meeting marks the first time the women's religious had met since Vatican officials imposed a requirement last April that the group pre-clear its speakers' lists with Rome.LCWR leadership had snubbed their noses at that request--instead presenting their highest award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, to Fordham University's Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who is considered … [Read more...]

As LCWR Plans Its Big Meeting, the Number of Nuns Continues to Decline

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The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) will hold its annual meeting this week (August 12-16) in Nashville--and they've got some difficult issues to discuss. Michael Lipka, writing for the Pew Research Center, reports that the meeting comes at a time when the LCWR continues to draw scrutiny from the Vatican, while the number of women religious continues its dramatic decline. Lipka explains: While the church’s specific concerns with the nuns are complex, a few major areas were hi … [Read more...]

“We Are Church” Movement Leader Is “Shocked” by Her Excommunication

From the We Are Church USA website, a photo of the LCWR Chicago vigil

Martha Holzer, a senior leader in the dissident Catholic group We Are Church, is "shocked" that Pope Francis has taken the extraordinary step of excommunicating her and her husband Gert.Pope Francis took this action after the pair "simulated the Mass"--that is, they regularly took part in “private Eucharistic celebrations” at her home with no priest present.  The Church considers the simulation of the Mass a delictum gravius, or “grave delict”. *     *     *     *     *We Are Churc … [Read more...]


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