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Cardinal Müller confirms Vatican commitment to reform of LCWR

Catholic World News - September 01, 2014

The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has reaffirmed the Vatican’s intent to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), saying that the goal is to “help them rediscover their identity.”

In an interview published in the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Müller pointed out that the LCWR, which is the subject of a Vatican reform effort, does not represent all the women religious in the US. He revealed: “We have received many distressed letters from other nuns belonging to the same congregations, who are suffering a great deal because of the direction in which the LCWR is steering their mission.”

Cardinal Müller, in an interview devoted primarily to the role of women in the Church, also disclosed that three or four women will soon be appointed to the International Theological Commission.

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  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Sep. 02, 2014 6:11 PM ET USA

    Good nuns understand that changes need to take place quickly. The good ones didn't sign on for the heresies permeating the orders.

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 01, 2014 9:47 PM ET USA

    The nuns are responding to the Vatican with a PR campaign. The current edition of TIME has an article entitled, "The Great Nunquisition: Why the Vatican Is Cracking Down on Sisters". According to TIME, the nuns nicknamed the Vatican ordered visitation the "Great Nunquisition" because the Vatican doesn’t celebrate these women. The author concludes that "Today’s nuns are simply too progressive for the Vatican. The Vatican chooses not to celebrate nuns and it chooses not to empower them."

  • Posted by: wsw33410 - Sep. 01, 2014 3:26 PM ET USA

    I submit that instead of “helping them rediscover their identity.” - which they already firmly established - the Vatican needs to expel the current "bad apples" from LCWR and help the true nuns to either reorganize the group or start the new one. How many more years they are going to terrorise the good nuns worldwide?

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Sep. 01, 2014 2:28 PM ET USA

    Yes, a lot of good and holy nuns have been suffering in silence under their LCWR martinets.

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