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LCWR 'stunned' by Vatican crackdown

April 19, 2012

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has said that its officers are “stunned” by a Vatican decision to require sweeping reforms of the group. In a brief statement released on April 19—the day after the Vatican decision was announced—the LCWR said that “we were taken by surprise” by the announcement.

LCWR officers were in Rome on April 18 for a scheduled meeting with officials at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the group revealed. They were caught off guard when they learned that the CDF had already informed the US bishops of the appointment of Archbishop Peter Sartain to supervise the reform of the LCWR.

In its short public statement the LCWR did not offer any further comment on the Vatican decision, except to say that the group’s board would meet soon “to review the mandate and prepare a response.”


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  • Posted by: spledant7672 - Apr. 19, 2012 9:10 PM ET USA

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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Apr. 19, 2012 8:52 PM ET USA

    Earlier this evening my wife alerted me to a debate on PBS between a representative of Christendom College and a self-confessed, self-obssessed "theologian and scholar" from Fordham University. While the Christendom woman's demeanor and manner were calm and direct, the Fordham woman was condescending and angry in her responses. The Fordham woman was the last to speak, and she related how "Church doctrine" is always changing, such as when Vatican II reversed "No salvation outside the Church."