The move is an attempt by the pontiff to address concerns that some accused clerics were not getting an adequate opportunity to defend themselves.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
"Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don't want to gobble up a woman a day!" Cardinal Gerhard Müller told L'Osservatore Romano.
LCWR spent four days conducting business any large organization requires -- despite the subtext of an ongoing Vatican investigation and orders to reform.
In accepting LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson praised the sisters and urged them to stay the course.
"In this place of prayer, in this place of faith ... this place is a fertile ground to talk about our love of the Lord."
As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious prepare to gather, the group is on a precipice. What lies on either side, no one can say.
At their annual meeting, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will discuss how they plan to react to continued charges of infidelity.
"We perceive you to be promoting an entirely different way of dealing with matters of concern within the church," the priests told Pope Francis.
Three months after he gave 19 new cardinals their red hats, Pope Francis gave new responsibilities to the 16 who are under the age of 80.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller accused the leaders of LCWR of not abiding by a reform agenda the Vatican imposed on their leadership organization following a doctrinal assessment of the group.