We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"
Leadership Conference of Women Religious
Simply Spirit: For over two years, my community's leadership diverted energy away from ministry to the marginalized to address this searching Vatican inquiry.
Global Sisters Report: "I think we'll have to look at the document itself ... to move to greater forgiveness and reconciliation wherever it's needed."
Global Sisters Report: "There was an emphasis over and over again on the necessity for dialogue, for understanding and communion, and I look forward to how that's going to unfold."
You have to admit that Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz had a difficult task today. He reported on the visitation of U.S. communities of nuns that began in 2008.
Now, this "visitation" was not his idea or initiative. It was launched by order of archconservative Cardinal Franc Rodé, then in charge of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Rodé is still around and may have a few opinions about the result.
Young Voices: Over the past 30 years, I have conducted my own informal investigation of women religious in the United States. My results include four key findings.
On Dec. 22, 2008, the Vatican Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life announced an apostolic visitation to investigate the lives of sisters in the United States. This announcement begins the book Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation, a journey of sisters together across the United States.
The Women's Ordination Conference has released a new video worth three minutes plus of your time. However one perceives the question of misogyny in the Catholic church, the issue of the role of women in the church, as second-class members, is not going away any time soon -- and it could end up defining Pope Francis' pontificate more than anyone might expect.
Here he goes again! Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has sounded off once more about the shortcomings of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
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.