Commentary: Without attitudinal and structural changes among not the women investigated but those who initiated the investigation, this mistake and others like it will be repeated.
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
"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.
The doctrinal assessment has been discussed in closed sessions and been referred to several times by speakers, but it has not otherwise colored the assembly.
Members of LCWR is calling on Pope Francis to repudiate the doctrine of discovery, a 15th-century policy justifying violence against indigenous people, who still suffer from the doctrine.
"The nuns have been much better at burying [abuse] than the bishops," Bob Hoatson said. "They could have a roundtable, a panel discussion, anything, but they won't."
Truly listening to others and reflecting on their thoughts can change thinking from individualistic to what is best for the community, one speaker said.
"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.