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LCWR announces top award for theologian criticized by US bishops

May 02, 2014

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an American umbrella group that remains the focus of a Vatican-ordered reform, has given new evidence of its dissident leanings by bestowing its most prestigious award on a theologian whose work has drawn a caution from the US bishops’ conference.

At its August meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, the LCWR will give Sister Elizabeth Johnson its Outstanding Leadership Award. In 2011 the doctrinal committee of the US bishops’ conference issued a critique of Sister Johnson’s book, Quest for the Living God, saying that it “contains misrepresentations, ambiguities, and errors that bear upon the faith of the Catholic Church as found in Sacred Scripture, and as it is authentically taught by the Church’s universal magisterium.”

In 2012, the Vatican ordered a reform of the LCWR, after an investigation found that “the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern." Last April, then-Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told LCWR leaders that Pope Francis strongly supported the critical findings of the Vatican “assessment” and the need for reform to bring the group into line with Church teachings.


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  • Posted by: Bveritas2322 - May. 09, 2014 12:45 AM ET USA

    The LCWR shows no evidence that a single member has ever even heard of the sin of pride.

  • Posted by: vjenkins78814 - May. 05, 2014 1:54 PM ET USA

    The LCWR should be dissolved. Do they [ these nuns] ever wonder why Mother Theresa's order, and other more conservative orders have more novices? The LCWR should rethink their way of looking at the church's teaching.

  • Posted by: filioque - May. 02, 2014 6:40 PM ET USA

    The LCWR has never accepted the 2012 critique from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. As the LCWR is a creature of the Vatican, perhaps it is time to dissolve it.

  • Posted by: Defender - May. 02, 2014 4:59 PM ET USA

    LCWR seems to be doing exactly what the CINO universities are and both are putting it in the face of the Church. It seems perfectly clear what to do, doesn't it?