Saturday, April 18, 2009

Vatican Orders "Doctrinal Assesment" of LCWR

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a group that represents the majority of women religious in the USA, will be investigated by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, due to some issues that have arisen within the organization. More here:
NCR reported that Cardinal Levada described the assessment as a follow-up to a 2001 meeting between LCWR leaders and officials of the doctrinal congregation, at which the women religious were asked to report on “the initiatives taken or planned” to promote acceptance of Vatican teachings on “the problem of homosexuality,” the ordination of women to the priesthood and the 2000 declaration “Dominus Iesus.”

“Given both the tenor and the doctrinal content of various addresses given at the annual assemblies of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the intervening years, this dicastery can only conclude that the problems which had motivated its request in 2001 continue to be present,” Cardinal Levada wrote, according to NCR.
This is separate from the visitations the Vatican plans to religious orders. Pray for our religious.

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