Friday, June 1, 2012

Supporting Our Sisters: LCWR Stands Up To Vatican Bullying

The board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, to which congregations representing some 80% of American nuns belong, met this week and rejected the doctrinal assessment of their organization. They concluded that "the assessment was based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency" and added that "the sanctions imposed were disproportionate to the concerns raised and could compromise their ability to fulfill their mission." They said the report has "caused scandal and pain throughout the church community, and created greater polarization."

The board cited the thousands of letters of support they have received and the rallies on behalf of the sisters that have been occuring in major cities across the nation. There is also an online petition to support the sisters. The organizers of the petition are aiming to get one signature for every one of the estimated 57,000 women religious represented by LCWR. At last count they had gathered over 53,000 names.

One particularly courageous priest, Fr. Doug Koesel, pastor of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio, published a column in the church's bulletin that has been making the rounds in cyberspace, in which he didn't mince words. "The problem with the Vatican approach," wrote Fr. Koesel, "is that it places the nuns squarely on the side of Jesus and the Vatican on the side of tired old men, making a last gasp to save a crumbling kingdom lost long ago for a variety of reasons....The Vatican sounded like the Pharisees of the New Testament; — legalistic, paternalistic and orthodox — while 'the good sisters' were the ones who were feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, educating the immigrant, and so on." And he concluded, "this investigation is not about wayward US nuns. It is the last gasp for control by a dying breed, wrapped in its own self-importance. It is a struggle for the very nature of the church; who we are, how we pray, where we live, who belongs, why we believe. The early church endured a similar struggle. The old order died. The Holy Spirit won. Happy Pentecost Sunday!!"

The expressions of support have been gratifying to the organization. Speaking on behalf of the group to the National Catholic Reporter, LCWR's president, Sr. Pat Farrell, OSF, said " we just want to express our deep gratitude to people around the country and around the world that have shown such immeasurable support for LCWR." She said that the doctrinal assessment had "deeply saddened religious women around the United States."

Sr. Farrell and LCWR executive director, Sr. Janet Mock, CSJ, plan to go to Rome on June 12th to meet with CDF prefect Cardinal William Levada and the apostolic delegate Archbishop Peter Sartain to discuss the board's concerns. Following the discussions in Rome, the conference will gather its members both in regional meetings and in its August assembly to determine its response to the CDF report.

Meanwhile, we invite you to keep praying the prayer composed for LCWR at this trying time by Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM, which has been translated into Spanish, among other languages, by the Sisters of Bon Secours.

God's Spirit - LCWR Prayer

In this time of pain and promise,
we call on God’s Spirit to bless
the leadership of LCWR, of our
Congregation, and all women religious
who strive to live the gospel in these
uncertain times.

We call on the Spirit of God to reveal
the way forward that is faithful to God’s
dream for us and our lives together.

May all who are called to engage
in prayer and conversation come to
the table with hearts that are open,
transparent, and faith-filled. May their
reflection be marked by a deep listening
to the voice of the Spirit at work in
our world.

May the holy ones who have gone
before us inspire us by their courage
and wisdom and affirm that we are
not alone.

May we continue to faithfully live the
questions of our time and witness to
the people of God that we are women
at home with mystery and filled with
fierce hope for our shared future.
Amen.


El Espíritu de Dios

En este momento de dolor y promesa,
acudimos al Espíritu de Dios para pedirle bendiga
al liderazgo de LCWR, a nuestra
Congregación, y a todas las mujeres religiosas
que se esfuerzan por vivir el Evangelio en estos
tiempos de incertidumbre.

Acudimos al Espíritu de Dios para que nos revele
el camino correcto fiel al sueño de Dios
para nosotras y para nuestras vidas juntas.

Que todos los llamados a participar
en la oración y la conversación
lleguen a la mesa con corazones abiertos,
transparentes y llenos de fe. Que su reflexión
se caracterice por una escucha profunda
a la voz del Espíritu que actúa en nuestro mundo.

Que los santos que nos han precedido
nos inspiren por su valor y
sabiduría y confirmen que no
estamos solas.

Que sigamos viviendo fielmente los
problemas de nuestro tiempo y sigamos
testimoniando ante el pueblo de Dios que
somos mujeres arraigadas en el misterio
y henchidas de indoblegable esperanza
en nuestro futuro compartido.

Amén.

5 comments:

  1. LCWR Sisters could have asked the CDF to introduce them to those saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire

    The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has explained that the purpose of the doctrinal assessment had been to “assist the LCWR in this important mission by promoting a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ” and also on “the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium.”

    The assessment had found serious theological and doctrinal errors in presentations at the Leadership of Catholic Women Religious(LCWR)’ annual assemblies in recent years, with many showing “scant regard for the role of the Magisterium.”

    The rebellious American sisters who have still not been excommunicated, probably because of their leftist sources of power, and are privileged, unlike the SSPX bishops, cannot tell Cardinal Levada, “You first affirm the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and set an example for us”.

    At their last meeting on Wednesday the sisters could have asked Cardinal William Levada Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) “Why don’t you affirm the literal interpretation of the centuries old dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, 'as was faithfully taught through the ages' ”

    Or, why don’t you issue a Doctrinal Notification to Cardinal Kurt Koch a member of the Vatican Curia and Prefect of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, who on May 16 said Jews do not have to convert into the Catholic Church in the present times, contradicting the Bible and the Creed.

    They cannot tell the CDF to endorse the dogma since the Sisters reject the dogma and this is a cause of their rebellion, heresy and free thinking.

    It is because the Sisters have rejected the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus that they have gone into New Age etc.

    Otherwise when the Sisters were at the CDF office they could have asked the Secretary of the CDF, Cardinal Luiz Ladaria S.J: “How can you claim that there are known cases of non Catholics saved with the baptism of desire ? Who are these cases, exceptions to the literal interpretation of the dogma? “

    “How can we know a person saved in invincible ignorance and a good conscience (LG 16) who is in Heaven? How can we telephone them or meet them on earth?”. The CDF Secretary says we can meet them. He makes this claim in two papers of the International Theological Commission (ITC).It is because he believes that we can meet these people on earth, he assumes that they are defacto exceptions to the literal interpretation of the dogma.

    Also he writes on the ITC website that the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII, corrected Fr.Leonard Feeney for rejecting the baptism of desire etc. If this is true then the cardinal is saying that the Letter made an objective mistake. Since the baptism of desire etc are not exceptions to the literal interpretation of the dogma. They are in a sense irrelevant to the dogma and its centuries old literal interpretation.

    The Sisters could have asked the CDF to introduce them to those saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire

    The Sisters have been rightly criticized for reported distortions of faith in Jesus and the structure of sacramental life, as well as undermining the doctrines of “the Holy Trinity, the divinity of Christ, and the inspiration of Sacred Scripture.”.-Lionel Andrades

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  2. LCWR SISTERS CONFUSED ON VATICAN COUNCIL II AND THE DOGMA EXTRA ECCLESIAM NULLA SALUS
    In their protests supporters of the LCWR Sisters have been saying that Vatican Council II has changed every thing.They mean Vatican Council II contradicts the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and so they are into all New Age teachings and even deny the Creed.


    One of the posters of an LCWR supporter says Vatican Council II cannot be changed.They interpret Vatican Council II with an irrational argument. In their religious formation they were taught that those saved in invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire are explicit exceptions to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.Explicit, known to us ? This is irrational.


    They do not realize that Vatican Council II no where says that those saved in invincible ignorance etc are known to us and so they are explicit exceptions.


    So how can those saved in invincible ignorance, a good conscience,seeds of the Word, imperfect communion with the church etc and who are unknown to us, be an exception to the traditional interpretation of the dogma, which they reject?


    Vatican Council II is a traditional Council if the 'exceptions' are considered implicit and not explicit.


    It's ecclesiology is exclusive ecclesiocentrism. Ad Gentes 7 says there is exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church and all need Catholic Faith and the baptism of water for salvation (to avoid Hell).AG 7 indicates all New Agers and Protestants need Catholic Faith (which includes the baptism of water) to avoid Hell.This is the message of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.


    The Sisters are rejecting Vatican Council II (AG 7). Then they assume LG 16 is explicit and not implicit. So they deny AG 7 and the defined dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.


    They reject an ex cathedra teaching (Cantate Domino, Council of Florence on extra ecclesiam nulla salus) and are not excommunicated like the OMI priest Fr.Tissa Balasuriya who denied the Immaculate Conception of Our Lady.


    Can the LCWR sisters affirm the literal interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus, along with implicit baptism of desire and invincible ignorance ?


    Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican has not asked them to acknowledge Vatican Council II in accord with the dogma on exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church.


    The dogma is in agreement with the Catechism of the Catholic Church as long as it is understood that the baptism of desire etc is always implicit for us and explicit for God.


    The LCWR sisters are rejecting the Letter of the Holy Office 1949 issued during the pontificate of Pope Pius XII which referred to 'the dogma', 'the infallible statement'.


    In principle there can be non Catholics saved in (implicit to us) invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire. De facto, in reality, in the present times there are no known exceptions to everyone needing to convert into the Church for salvation.


    The LCWR needs to clarify its doctrinal position on the thrice defined dogma and Vatican Council II.


    There are religious sisters in Worcester,USA who affirm the literal interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus and reject explicitly known baptism of desire and invincible ignorance.They affirm Vatican Council II according to Tradition.-Lionel Andrades
    http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/exclusive-interview-levada-talks-lcwr-criticism-states
    http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2012/06/lcwr-sisters-confused-on-vatican.html#links

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  3. Tuesday, June 19, 2012
    When the LCWR invites Curran, Hubbard and Schneiders they are saying the Catholic Church is not the one true Church (UR 3) and every one does not need faith and baptism for salvation (AG 7)
    The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is rejecting Vatican Council II (AG 7) and the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.They are saying that the Catholic Church is not the sole moral authority.

    Statutes are approved of a religious organization which does not believe in exclusive salvation in the Catholic Church and the literal interpretation of the dogma ? The LCWR is Catholic even when it says invincible ignorance and the baptism of desire are explicit exceptions to the dogma ? Are these 'exceptions' not always implicit for the SSPX?

    I have mentioned on a blog that if you invite Charles Curran to speak you are telling us all what you believe. If you openly promote New Age you are telling us what you believe. In the case of the LCWR, they represent the Church and so they are saying that this is what the Church teaches. They are also saying that there is no exclusive salvation in only the Catholic Church. When you invite Barbara Marx Hubbard your message is clear. You are saying that the Catholic Church is not the one true Church (UR 3, Vatican Council II) and all people do not need Catholic faith and the baptism of water for salvation (AG 7).Your also saying that there can be an interpretation of Vatican Council II which negates AG 7.

    If a Mother Superior of a community affiliated with the LCWR inquired if their community could hold the literal interpretation of the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus along with implicit baptism of desire and invincible ignorance etc in accord with Vatican Council II (AG 7), would the LCWR approve?

    They would be saying that all non Catholics in 2012 need to enter the Catholic Church for salvation and if there are any exceptions,' who have not had the Gospel preached to them’ it would be known only to God.

    This is not the ecclesiology of the LCWR which is centered on Jesus and excludes the Church. So an LCWR member can believe in Jesus, according to the Jehovah Witnesses, distribute sacred pictures of Jesus as they do in Rome, and teach according to their religion and still consider oneself in the Catholic Church. This would be Jesus without the Catholic Church which the Bible tells us is His Mystical Body.The LCWR rejects exclusive ecclesiocentrism.
    The CDF could help the sisters by announcing that those saved in invincible ignorance and the baptisms of desire are implicit for us and only explicit for God.

    It is true that only those who know about Jesus and the Church and yet do not enter are oriented to Hell (LG 14) however we cannot judge that someone is really in invincible ignorance or someone is not. This judgement is left to God.The dogma and AG 7 says all need to convert into the Church for salvation.

    If anyone says Fr. Leonard Feeney was wrong for rejecting the baptism of desire they are making a mistake. The baptism of desire is not a known exception to the literal interpretation of the dogma.-Lionel Andrades
    http://eucharistandmission.blogspot.it/2012/06/when-lcwr-invites-curran-hubbard-and.html#links

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  4. Lionel, you have made your point about "extra ecclesiam nulla salus" over and over again, and I have allowed you to post your comments on this blog, even when the primary purpose of them seems to be less to respond to this blog than to promote your own blog. Now, I would like to encourage you to move on...

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  5. When your posts read like an angry rant it's usually a sign that your WRONG.

    Catholic Mission you sound like you have some anger issues that you need to address.

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