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Background on Vatican demand for reform of LCWR

Catholic World News - June 05, 2012

Writing in the National Catholic Register, Donna Bethell provides the background for the Vatican's recent announcement of a reform at the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). She traces the story back to the 1980s, when the increasing radicalization of the LCWR leadership drove some women's religious orders to form a separate organization, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). Today the CMSWR orders are generally thriving, while the LCWR congregations are rapidly vanishing. Not coincidentally, the Vatican notes that the LCWR has drifted away from the Church and from the traditional charisms of the religious orders. "This sad tale might not end soon, but it will end," Bethell concludes.

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  • Posted by: rpp - Jun. 05, 2012 9:52 PM ET USA

    Very informative. As a convert of less than 10 years, I was unaware of the background, though I had personally witnessed and experienced the problems with some of these women religious.

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