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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.”

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  • 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?

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