Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

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

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...]

Sr. Jeannine Gramick Asks Obama to Expand Abortion Coverage Worldwide

Sister Jeannine Gramick, dissident nun and co-founder of the controversial New Ways Ministry, has joined with 30 other faith-based groups from the Protestant, Jewish and Muslim faiths to petition President Obama to clarify, then repeal the Helms amendment, which restricts aid funding for abortion services.The Helms amendment, which was introduced in 1973, prohibits the use of U.S. aid monies to fund abortion as a method of family planning or to "motivate or coerce any person to practice … [Read more...]


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