Simply Spirit: Amazingly, this document validates the not-infrequent experience of Catholics who find themselves unable to accept certain teachings.
Simply Spirit: Most summers, I spend time with God near Ohio's Amish country. This year, I'm gazing down a 2,000-year arc of supposedly sacred subordination.
"We perceive you to be promoting an entirely different way of dealing with matters of concern within the church," the priests told Pope Francis.
If the discussions between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious are not to end in disaster, there must be concessions on one or both sides concerning the major issue that divides them. The bishops, following the Vatican line, contend they alone are the official teachers of church doctrine from which no one is allowed to dissent. But many Catholic theologians, including leading members of LCWR, argue that theology has a duty to explore doctrine in ways that may benefit official teaching in responding to new developments and discoveries.
Are American nuns paying for the sins of a Jesuit priest who died in the 1950s?
It might seem that way, given the ongoing showdown between doctrinal hard-liners in the Vatican and leaders representing more than 40,000 U.S. sisters, with one of Rome's chief complaints being the nuns' continuing embrace of the notion of "conscious evolution."
Grace on the Margins: How can women achieve true empowerment when their religious leaders declare that it is God's plan that women are not entitled to equal spiritual authority?
Simply Spirit: Lately, Catholic news has been confusing and upsetting, with required loyalty oaths and the condemnation of nuns. But there is still some good news.
NCR Today: A coalition of 16 progressive U.S. Catholic organizations wrote to Pope Francis, asking him to intervene and remove the mandates on LCWR.
Bulletins from the Human Side: A sexual predator seeks to dominate another person, to lord it over them. That's what Cardinal Gerhard Müller does to LCWR.
Analysis: In the 1980s, then-Pope John Paul II said discoveries in the natural sciences needed to be imaginatively confronted. Twenty-five years later, LCWR is striving to do just that.