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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on June 12, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: The Battle for the LCWR

The reform of the Leadership Council of Women Religious—if it proves possible—is dear to the heart of and of Catholic culture itself. It would be a very significant step in the authentic renewal of female religious life in the United States.

Indeed, it would be the first significant step at turning back the false renewal—really a collapse and dissolution of the Faith—which afflicted women religious more than any other group in the Church beginning in the 1960s. And the battle has been joined: See Phil Lawler's latest commentary in On the News: Bishop Blair pounds the facts; LCWR pounds the table.

Over on the opposite side, I take a look at the recent remarks of Bishop Bernard Fellay of the Society of St. Pius X on potential reunion with Rome. I have some quibbles, but on the whole I think Bishop Fellay is trying hard to bring the Society back intact: Bishop Fellay’s Rhetoric.

I was also struck recently by the thesis of a University of Virginia psychologist whose studies show liberals operate with only half of the moral compass of conservatives. This is intriguing and thought-provoking. I explain in One-Eyed Liberals....

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