Sister Teresa Maya, San Antonio-based president of the LCWR
(which is not officially affiliated with Nuns & Nones), sees great potential in the partnering.
All that seems to be indicated in this Joint Final Report is that publications of the LCWR
will be more carefully vetted in future to make sure that they are in conformity with the teachings of the Church.
That context is the wake of the 2012 mandate imposed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during which much was written in the media about LCWR
with no direct response or correction by the conference, even to the most spurious and outrageous claims and characterizations.
The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith carried out the investigation and took over LCWR
As Sister Mary Luke Tobin wrote in America in 1986, "The LCWR
report also described the conditions contributing to the alienation of women from church and society...." In part the report said: "Patriarchy has been a prime concept for the perception and organization of reality.
In a short but "blunt" address given to the Presidency of the LCWR
, he stated emphatically that the LCWR
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But even if the details of the split remain hazy for them, these younger sisters are crystal clear on one thing: Communion between LCWR
and CMSWR communities is crucial for the future of religious life in the U.S.
As a conference, the LCWR
has embraced change, but there is a way in which we want to embrace it, an attitude that we need to have.
When the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith took over the LCWR
in 2012, it accused the group of taking positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality while promoting "certain radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith."
In her keynote address to the LCWR
in 2010, Shawn Copeland reminded the religious present of their contribution to church and society:
He is expected to play a key role in working to overcome and heal the tensions between the Vatican through the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR
), an umbrella organization of over 59,000 American women religious.
THE NUNS REPRESENTED by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR
), have been engaged in dialogue with the representatives appointed by the Vatican to address "serious doctrinal problems" within the organization that comprises 80 percent of Catholic women's religious orders in the US.