Radical Nun's Habit LWCR

Thanks to Chris Goan at The Fragile Tent  for this post "The Radical Nun's Habit" about the LCWR, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the association of the leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States .The conference has more than 1500 members, who represent more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States .

Chris says 

"What then are the concerns of the Vatican about these dangerous nuns? This from the BBC;
…issues of “crucial importance” to the church, such as abortion and euthanasia, had been ignored.
Vatican officials also castigated the group for making some public statements that “disagree with or challenge positions taken by the bishops”, who are the church’s “authentic teachers of faith and morals.”…
…It says the group is undermining Roman Catholic teaching on homosexuality and is promoting “feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith”.

The radical nuns do not concur. Sister Simone Campbell, head of of the Leadership Network has been reported here as making some of the following statements;
“I’ve no idea what they’re talking about,” Sister Simone Campbell, head of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told the BBC.
“Our role is to live the gospel with those who live on the margins of society. That’s all we do.”
Sister Campbell suggested a difficult time ahead: “It’s totally a top-down process and I don’t think the bishops have any idea of what they’re in for.”
Who is this radical dangerous firebrand? See for yourself;"
These are three videos Chris included in his blog below.

Chris is not a Catholic,  but as a Catholic I certainly agree with his comments:

"I fear for this woman, and for the Catholic church. May they find a path towards a generous, open orthodoxy. And may this kind of radicalism increase exponentially!"

My previous post on the LWCR is here amidst other issues
and here
and the LWCR website is here

from which also re- recommend  this 2009 article from Commonweal magazine.

 Please see also this post in today's Catholic publication The Tablet which gives a short but useful summary of the situation.

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