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LCWR president lauds Bishop Dowling, reiterates support for health care reform

Catholic World News - August 17, 2010

In her outgoing address as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious-- which is under investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith-- Sister Marlene Weisenbeck reiterated her organization’s support for the health care legislation that President Obama signed into law in March and praised Bishop Kevin Dowling, a critic of the “restorationist” vision of Ven. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

“We have taken pride in the ongoing ‘Women & Spirit’ exhibits, supported the efforts of the CHA [Catholic Health Association] and Network for health care reform, [and] hailed the courage of Bishop Kevin Dowling in South Africa,” said Sister Weisenbeck.

Calling upon women religious to undergo a “massive renewal and re-imagining,” she added:

Some call it deconstruction. Now we are in the time of the Resurrection Waltz of re-integration. This still point of the turning world is where the dance is. We must shore up the foundations that make hope possible, live in hope and not just wait or look for it – “fierce faithfulness,” this is called.

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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Aug. 18, 2010 12:10 AM ET USA

    Let's see, the LCWR is about to get the papal smackdown from the apostolic visitation. Bishop Dowling got the episcopal smackdown from the South African bishops. Birds of a feather stick together, I guess.

  • Posted by: - Aug. 17, 2010 8:29 PM ET USA

    Shame on you Sparch for not recognizing immediately the delirious beauty of the notion of a 'Reurrection Waltz of re-integration'! We even know now where it is, viz. at the 'still point of the turning world', you dimwit. Yerz in fierce faithfulness I yam

  • Posted by: sparch - Aug. 17, 2010 2:09 PM ET USA

    If only someone can breakdown her last quote so that it is somewhat understandable. It reads like Finnigan's Wake by James Joyce. Alot of words that have no collective meaning.

  • Posted by: Don Vicente - Aug. 17, 2010 10:04 AM ET USA

    The phrase "re-arranging the deck-chairs on the Titanic" comes to mind. It's just very sad.

  • Posted by: patriot6908 - Aug. 17, 2010 8:44 AM ET USA

    Calling upon women religious to undergo a “massive renewal and re-imagining,, Sr, Marlene failed to note that just renewal and re-imagining emptied the convents in the late 1960s and 1970s and sent the "fearless faithful" nuns either into secular life or trading in their habits for pastel polyester matching outfits and boyish haircuts.

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