Four officers from LCWR met Sunday with their Vatican representatives, allowing both groups to determine if dialogue is possible.
The leaders of the group which represents the majority of U.S. Catholic sisters are to meet Sunday with three U.S. bishops appointed by the Vatican to oversee their organization.
Four officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents some 80 percent of women religious in the U.S., will meet with Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain, Springfield, Ill., Bishop Thomas Paprocki, and Toledo, Ohio, Bishop Leonard Blair.
Commentary: Demonstrating on Staten Island reminds RoseAnne Cleary that she has been on a bus with nuns for 50 years, and she thanks God for it.
NCR reported last week that Archbishop Joseph Tobin, reportedly an ally of American nuns, is moving from the Congregation for Religious in Rome to become archbishop of Indianapolis.
But buried in an analysis of that move by John Allen is the most interesting sentence of all: "One test of whether Tobin's departure signals a sea change should come when the Congregation for Religious releases its final report on the apostolic visitation, which is expected soon."
Archbishop Joseph Tobin, secretary of the Congregation for Religious, spent the last 15 years at the Vatican and will head a diocese for the first time.
On Monday, a group of demonstrators organized by a tea party affiliate met the Nuns on the Bus in Ohio and provided a different welcome than the sisters usually receive.
In commenting on the Vatican’s standoff with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States, the Vatican’s new doctrinal czar said today the right question is not who’s wrong, but “who respects revelation and its essential elements?"
Archbishop Gerhard Müller, 64, said he “looks with sympathy” on groups such as LCWR, but at the same time that “no group can set itself up as the source of authentic interpretation” of church teaching.
Mary Fishman has spent the last eight years working on the documentary film "Band of Sisters" about American women religious after the Second Vatican Council -- a project that eventually inspired her to become an associate member of the Sisters of Mercy. But did she ever consider becoming a nun?
"Not at all," the Chicago-based producer and director said with a bit of a nervous laugh. "It wouldn't have worked, because I don't get up early enough."
Sr. Simone Campbell has emerged as the nation’s most visible Catholic sister, in the process giving a face to a generation of motivated women religious.
The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth's goal hasn't changed in 200 years: bring education to the marginalized, especially and significantly, women and girls.