Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $37,039 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Theologian raps bishops as LCWR ends annual meeting

Catholic World News - August 18, 2014

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) concluded its annual conference, enthusiastically applauding an address by Sister Elizabeth Johnson, who denounced the Vatican for issuing a caution about her theological work.

Sister Johnson addressed the LCWR assembly as she accepted the group’s Outstanding Leadership Award. The LCWR decision to honor the dissident theologian underlined the tensions between the group and the Church hierarchy, which led to Rome’s call for a thorough reform of the group.

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 her address to the LCWR meeting, the theologian claimed: “To this day, no one-- not myself or the theological community, the media or the general public-- knows what doctrinal issue is at stake.”

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,568 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,432.05
84% 16%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 5 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: ElizabethD - Aug. 19, 2014 5:39 PM ET USA

    I can tell her what doctrinal issue is at stake, the fact that God is precisely the Father of Jesus, Jesus is precisely Bridegroom of the Church, and that male names for God are primary and true. De-gendered or female names for God cannot be swapped in constantly without doing violence to Christian doctrine. Furthermore, pantheism is not compatible with Christianity. Sr Johnson's misleading theological works are not adequate as Catholic theology and are sowing confusion.

  • Posted by: skall391825 - Aug. 19, 2014 3:51 AM ET USA

    Sister Elizabeth Johnson said the waste of time on the Vaticans's investigation of the LCWR is unconscionable. She is correct; the LCWR's recognition as a Catholic entity should have been ended by the Vatican years ago, and she and her ilk excommunicated. Why does Rome fiddle while orthodoxy burns and many souls are led astray?

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Aug. 18, 2014 10:46 PM ET USA

    The reform of the LCWR appears to be going in the wrong direction! It appears to be a lost cause.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 18, 2014 10:26 PM ET USA

    When the Vatican allows the LCWR to abuse them and their legitimate authority they allow the LCWR to abuse "us!!!"

  • Posted by: BobJ70777069 - Aug. 18, 2014 7:01 PM ET USA

    Has she asked?

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Pope is not the problem 17 hours ago
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. 19 hours ago
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22
Has the Vatican finally discovered how to avoid inaccurate English translations? October 22
The Synod: It's a Wrap! October 21

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6