Nuns in Washington: Who’s Not There?

Nuns in Washington: Who’s Not There? March 24, 2016

I don’t know, so I’m simply asking.

I’ve seen pictures of various Catholic religious women in Washington standing up for The Little Sisters of the Poor.

All the pictures I’ve seen are women in religious habits.

As you may know, the Catholic women religious in the United States are divided into two groups: Those who belong to the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) and those orders that belong to the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR)

The LCWR are, for the most part, the historic religious orders, and the ones who responded too often to the Second Vatican Council with liberal radicalism. They are the ones who have bought into feminist ideologies, abandoned their habits, stopped living in community, been investigated by the Vatican and dabbled in pop psychology and New Age spiritualities. These sisters have suffered devastating losses and have very few young vocations.

The CMSWR are the sisters who have retained the habit and are traditional in their theology and mission. They are the ones with plenty of vocations.

What I’m asking is, “Are the sisters who belong to LCWR at the Supreme Court supporting their fellow Catholic Little Sisters of the Poor? After all, these are the sisters like Helen Prejean, the anti-capital punishment  protester, who is famous for campaigning against injustice. These are the ones like Joan Chittister who is well known for sticking up for oppressed women everywhere. Are the strident protesting nuns from the LCWR there on the steps of the Supreme Court protesting against injustice, standing up for religious liberty and helping to defend their fellow Catholic sisters?

I am happy to be corrected, but I suspect they are at home in their snug (and often sumptuous) convents.

Whenever I have been on the March for Life I haven’t seen the sisters of the LCWR so I suspect they are absent now too.

But it could be that they were at March for Life and they are there on the steps of the Supreme Court too.

It’s just that you couldn’t tell that they are nuns because they’re dressed in Clinton-esque pantsuits.


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