Cleansing Fire

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April 15th, 2013, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Catholic News Service has just reported here  that Pope Francis has backed the reform of the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religous).

CNS reports that he has “reaffirmed the Vatican’s assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which found it had “serious doctrinal problems” and needed to be reformed.”

Archbishop Gerhard L. Müller, the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met TODAY in Rome with LCWR president Sister Florence Deacon on April 15, along with Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle, who was to implement the reform.  He said that Pope Francis…reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform ….”  The LCWR is to remain under the direction of the Vatican.

It will be a year this week since the Congregation  found “serious doctrinal problems” and the need for reform due to  “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith” and dissent from Church teaching on topics including the sacramental male priesthood and homosexuality.  The LCWR had responded in denial.  It is astounding that Pope Francis has been able to respond so quickly to this festering sore in the Holy Church.  Archbishop Sartain remains in charge of implementing the reform, including responsibility to approve future speakers and presentations at the organization’s assemblies.  Sounds like we can forward much input to him!

I cannot begin to say how absolutely delighted I am that His Holiness has paid attention to such a grave matter in just over one month since his election.  Those who thought his praiseworthy social justice concerns would mean ignoring strict doctrinal matters obviously do not know him.

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12 Responses to “Hallelujah!”

  1. avatar annonymouse says:

    Ah, but this means the honeymoon is over. Betrayed by the black shoes. Haters, let the hate begin!

    This is a very hopeful day indeed.

  2. avatar Richard Thomas says:

    Have yoy heard the latest? Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, the notorious cleric who has promoted homosexuality through dignity and any other pro homosexual organization, has defied the Vatican indicating that it is OK for homosexuals, (meaning active homosexuals), to receive the Eucharist. What is to be done with him? I think he ought to be excommunicated.

  3. avatar Scott W. says:

    I’ve been trying like Fr. Z to get my traditionalist friends to breath into paper bags ever since the election, and I’ll even admit to occasional nervous whistling, but hopefully this will calm some fears.

  4. avatar Thinkling says:

    While I am not surprised at all by the continuity here, I still find myself tempted to indulge some schadenfreude. I will try not to, but as this evolves let the popcorn flow freely!

    Aside: I think retired Bishop Gumbleton needs to be Gomezed and perhaps Chaputed. And to Bishop Cunningham (if you are reading), keep an eye on whose material is regularly carried in the diocesian periodical. Remember, this is a significant face of your diocese.

  5. avatar Scott W. says:

    I shouldn’t worry about schadenfreude. We should always be pleased when justice is done.

  6. avatar Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Diane, I share your delight and…..

    I am delighted to mention there is a new body
    formed by consecrated women religious called:
    Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious.

    On page 177 of his chapter entitled , ‘Reform
    Of Consecrated Life’, George Weigel writes,
    ” CMSWR…judged that the LCWR ( a kind of
    trade association of the religious orders whose
    members comprised the majority of American
    sisters ), had fallen into thr deepest of theological

    How good of God to raise up courageous
    Catholics unafraid to clear up confusions
    and call all of us back to faithfulness.

    May Jesus Christ be praised;
    Now and forever!

  7. avatar Richard Thomas says:

    I know I posted this prior to this but I just want to shout out that there were I think 11 women who made final vows and 22 women who made first vows for the Sisters of the Eucharist in Nashville Tenessee. and this orser is a faithful order.

  8. avatar Dominick Anthony Zarcone says:

    Thank you, Richard Thomas, for reminding
    me of your former post.

    On page 179 of “Evangelical Catholicism” we
    read, ‘ the Dominicans of St. Cecilia, based in
    Nashville, Tennessee, attracted so many young
    women that a new novitiate had to be built;
    bishops and pastors throughout the US vied
    to get Nashville Dominicans to work in their
    parishes as they (the nuns) built the Evangelical
    Catholicism of the future.’

    Good news is worth repeating again and again.

  9. avatar Richard Thomas says:


    And telling the “Old Orders” ie the Mercy nuns and Sisters of ST Joseph that other more faithful orders are prospering although I am afraid their pride and ideology may make their necks a bit stiff!

  10. avatar Ben Anderson says:

    I shouldn’t worry about schadenfreude. We should always be pleased when justice is done.

    I think we need to be careful here. As with actions, emotional pleasures that we willfully indulge ourselves in can have multiple motives. It’s certainly possible that bad motives could be attached and make such a pleasure sinful. That’s not to say there can’t (or shouldn’t be) good motives attached as well, but we must be on guard to purify our motives.

  11. avatar Scott W. says:

    Ben, I love you, but this is the fussbudgety “pressure cooker” kerfuffle all over again.

  12. avatar annonymouse says:

    Scott – I truly resent the “fussbudgety” comment – I stand by my earlier comment and am frankly shocked that more folks here didn’t see my point. And I am generally that LAST person to be offended by such comments.

    More to the point, Ben’s warning is spot on. It is always wise and beneficial for us to examine our motives and what gives us delight – for we are not always pure of heart. There is (and I assume will continue to be) a temptation to take on a “victorious” attitude whenever the new Holy Father does something that we agree with – we must be very careful to examine our attitudes and make sure that we aren’t merely motivated by sinful pride, but rather by a pure and sincere love and devotion to Holy Mother Church.

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