The amazing headline here is that Father D and Father Zzzzz have actually found common ground. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
"But Father, but Father.... you're blog used to be so funny. It's not so fun to read anymore. You're getting as boring as Father Zzzz."
I know. I'm working on that. Some days I just don't have the time to put any real effort into satirizing Zzzz man. Father Zzz has stepped up the quality of his posts and reigned in the level of his arrogance. I count on Father Zzz to do his part. Don't worry. Given enought time he will ratchet up the arrogant overkill once again.
This statement was released by the CDF on the meeting with the LCWR. As Father Zzz indicates, it really is a smack down.
COMMUNIQUE OF THE CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH CONCERNING A MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENCY OF THE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS IN THE USAMy concern is that the Nuns on the Bus would be hard to distinguish between your local chapter of Dykes on Bikes. Massage giving, labyrinth making, drum beating, quasi-new age meditation teaching sisters are just not appropriate expressions of ANY religious charism that I can think of. I am not saying that nuns should be relegated to teaching and nursing. No. Not at all.
Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.
As this was his first opportunity to meet with the Presidency of the LCWR, the Prefect of the Congregation, Most Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, expressed his gratitude for the great contribution of women Religious to the Church in the United States as seen particularly in the many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and staffed by Religious over the years.
The Prefect then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium (Cf. Lumen gentium, nn. 43-47). He also emphasized that a Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, exists in order to promote common efforts among its member Institutes as well as cooperation with the local Conference of Bishops and with individual Bishops. For this reason, such Conferences are constituted by and remain under the direction of the Holy See (Cf. Code of Canon Law, cann. 708-709).
Finally, Archbishop Müller informed the Presidency that he had recently discussed the Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis,who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.
It is the sincere desire of the Holy See that this meeting may help to promote the integral witness of women Religious, based on a firm foundation of faith and Christian love, so as to preserve and strengthen it for the enrichment of the Church and society for generations to come.
So many congregations have wandered so far from the intentions of their founders that the community would be unrecognizable today. The Eerie Benedictines if Erie Pennsylvania are a prime example. Having abandoned any semblance of a habit these women are Benedictine in name only, having adopted apostolates of writing, speaking, day care, housing, etc. All these ministries are directed by one of the sisters, but hire laypeople to do the heavy lifting of day to day operations. Social action is extremely important. Benedictine life is based on prayer and work. Yet they pray have Morning Praise and Evening Praise, which I am assuming are Lauds/Office of readings and Vespers. With almost one hundred Benedictine Nuns in residence they are not able to keep the remainder of the canonical hours required by the Rule of Saint Benedict? Having lived in a monastic community of less that ten, I can assure you that a full cycle of liturgical services in additional to manual labor to support the monastery can be kept with a bit of creativity.