The public scolding Cardinal Gerhard Müller delivered in April to LCWR really disturbed many Catholics. It was so obviously out of sync with Pope Francis’ call for dialogue, discernment and respect when discussing faith matters.
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
NCR Today: "We believe the recent criticism of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has been unjust," the letter reads.
I continue to be amazed at the standoff between the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).
We say: Francis, Catholics across our nation are knocking at your door on behalf of these faithful, Christ-centered women who continued to be maligned by the Vatican.
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.
Grace on the Margins: The similarities between Francis' quotes and Müller's statement on LCWR show that Müller's talking points are coming directly from the pope.
The Vatican is investigating Fr. Michael Amaladoss for allegedly espousing unorthodox beliefs, raising questions about whether Pope Francis is moving the church in a new direction.
LCWR "was saddened to learn that impressions of the organization ... have led to judgments and ultimately to the doctrinal assessment," the organization's statement says.
The following is a timeline of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's investigation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
2008: The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life had ordered a separate investigation, known as an apostolic visitation, of U.S. orders of women religious. The results of that study were submitted to Rome at the end of 2011.