A robust discussion broke out as U.S. bishops wrestled with how their priorities going forward might reflect those set forth by Pope Francis.
J. Peter Sartain
Simply Spirit: It is unlikely that the outcomes for U.S. sisters would have been so positive without the outpouring of support by grass-roots Catholics.
We say: It is no coincidence that the Vatican jousting with U.S. nuns came to a conciliatory end under the papacy of Francis.
"I was impressed just at the universality of [the Vatican's] concern as well as some of the things that they were focused on."
In light of concerns, Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain is talking about revisiting archdiocesan protocols for funerals of priests removed from ministry for child sex abuse.
Bulletins from the Human Side: Midsummer madness should be a liturgical season in the three-ring circus of the official church, which is not necessarily the People of God.
"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.
Leaders of the LCWR said they will continue the dialogue with church officials demanding reform, but they will also protect the integrity of their group.
In accepting LCWR's Outstanding Leadership Award, St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson praised the sisters and urged them to stay the course.