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By Diogenes (articles ) | Sep 05, 2006

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is serious about social justice. During the past 5 years LCWR has issued statements on immigration and the death penalty and racism and debt relief and water usage and nonviolence and the Millenium Development Goals and the Earth Charter and Walmart and fair trade and…

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  • Posted by: - Sep. 07, 2006 2:22 AM ET USA

    Yes, these religious should be called to account for failing to defend the unborn. But, unlike some here, I don't see what's inherently foolish about having a concern for, say, immigration policy. The recent "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church" -- which Benedict XVI has called a "comprehensive presentation" of Catholic social teaching -- has quite a bit to say on the subject. (Of course, the sisters' policy statement *itself* might be foolish... but that's another matter.)

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2006 8:51 PM ET USA

    Back to faithful communities for a minute, don't leave out the Nashville Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia. Habited teachers, faithful to the Magisterium and Holy Father, over 200 and growing with a median age of 36 and dropping. check out their website at

  • Posted by: - Sep. 06, 2006 11:07 AM ET USA

    Diogenes, what do you do with your cartridges?

  • Posted by: Neri - Sep. 06, 2006 8:01 AM ET USA

    When you don't have God in your life you tend to take up foolish things like printer cartridges programs, immigration policy statements, etc. Good grief....

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2006 8:37 PM ET USA

    To comment on this nonsense is in itself absurd. But I wonder if the LCWR is aware of the ink patent infringment litigation now going on with several ink cartridge refillers. Perhaps even patents are a matter of "social justice".

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2006 8:22 PM ET USA

    Well, they should know something about recycling. They keep recycling the same, tired tripe over and over again!

  • Posted by: Italiana - Sep. 05, 2006 8:13 PM ET USA

    What is that they're printing out in the picture? It looks suspiciously like a map of the US in the colors of the Zambian flag.

  • Posted by: Venerable Aussie - Sep. 05, 2006 8:11 PM ET USA

    Take it easy Diogenes. Don't you see the connection? After reading the opening and presidential addresses ( it's obvious that they are taking this Jubilee year VERY seriously. Of all people you should know that the Jubilee is about the go'el, the redeemer. Think of how many print cartridges will be redeemed over the next 12 months! Geez, with so much in bud, it's time you started remembering the vision and embracing the dream.

  • Posted by: Bernadone - Sep. 05, 2006 7:30 PM ET USA

    "Moreover they should respect all creatures, animate and inanimate, which 'bear the imprint of the Most High,' and they should strive to move from the temptation of exploiting creation to the ... concept of universal kinship." [Part of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, approved by Pope Paul VI, 1978.] It is obvious that we should not make God's Creation into a garbage dump, esp. with cans and plastic which didn't exist at the writing of the Scriptures. Don't negate other's callings.

  • Posted by: unum - Sep. 05, 2006 5:22 PM ET USA

    Where do the Scriptures teach recycling? It looks like much of the Church is so busy with avant guarde justice and peace causes that it is having trouble finding time to educate and minister to the faithful, much less evangelize those who do not know Christ.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 05, 2006 4:46 PM ET USA

    "Where'stheMoneyRoger": Thank you for the reminder... yes, I have met some of the sisters in that Carmelite order, which, I think, has a apostolate to teaching in schools. Let's continue to pray for such communities of holy women to flourish...

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2006 3:57 PM ET USA

    Special Ops - I agree. But please include the Carmelite Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Los Angeles(believe it or not) - a semi cloistered, community living, superior lead, habit wearing, praying, faithful to the magieterium, Eucharistic adoring community.

  • Posted by: Fr. William - Sep. 05, 2006 1:37 PM ET USA

    And some wonder why they're not attracting any vocations... while the orders that are faithful to Christ, the Magisterium & the Teachings of the Church, & whose members wear an actual habit, etc... don't have enough room for the women who want to join their communities (e.g. Missionaries of Charity -- founded by Blessed MotherTeresa; cloistered Carmelites; Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist; Poor Clares -- Mother Angelica's & others; Sisters of Life; Franciscans of the Renewal)

  • Posted by: - Sep. 05, 2006 1:20 PM ET USA

    Sr. Teresa of Avila - who knew what religious leadership was -said she would give a thousand lives for one soul. But she never said anything about recyclable quill pens. I will stick with her.