Monday, May 5, 2014

Head of Vatican Doctrinal Congregation Confronts LCWR for Non-Coorperation/Johnson's books will become best sellers, Mueller should join Nuns on the Bus!

Bridget Mary's Response: Cardinal Mueller, let go, the nuns know how to run the Church! 

 "Will they ever learn, no they will never learn..."  

This chorus from an old Irish song reminds me of the Vatican's attempt to bully the U.S. leaders of women religious orders, (LCWR).

Cardinal Mueller is taking the Leadership Conference of Women Religious to task for failing to get permission from the Vatican for their  speakers and awards. They decided to give Sister Elizabeth Johnson, a prominent feminist theologian, the 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award.

 Imagine, that in this day and age, that nuns do not want to ask Vatican permission to run their own agenda. Father, may we please, pretty please invite ----------------- as a speaker? Hey, I have a few suggestions for speakers, Sisters, that would really rock the boat!

Unfortunately, Cardinal Mueller does not get it that the Vatican has a major women's issue on his hands!  It is bigger than this latest power and control dustup, "dialogue", with these courageous, gutsy nuns. And no PR team can save it!

Justice and equality for women in the church, rooted in Jesus' example in the Gospels, is a basic human rights issue. No longer will Catholics support an institutional church that treats women as less then equal. The days of Vatican oppression of women are over. One clear sign of the future is now. Check out the young women in the pews in the United States, and, for that matter, young men. They are missing!

 If Pope Francis, wants to get a handle on feminism, he should read all of Sister Elizabeth Johnson's books including:Quest of the Living God, Always Our Sister and her award winner, She Who Is. The silver lining is that her books will become best sellers again! Nothing propels a book to the top of the best seller's list like a Vatican condemnation!  In Johnson's case, Cardinal Mueller's meltdown over her award, may be the gift that keeps on giving! 

Again, back to my Irish song, "will they ever learn, no they will never learn!" Instead of issuing orders from headquarters, Cardinal Muller  should join the nuns on the bus who have run the church in the U.S. for years! (think schools, hospitals, shelters, retreat centers, peace and justice advocacy, etc.. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org


Head of Vatican doctrinal congregation confronts LCWR for noncooperation

By Dennis Coday 
 
The Vatican chief of doctrine has accused U.S. women religious leaders of not abiding by a reform agenda the Vatican imposed on their leadership organization following a doctrinal assessment of the group.

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the leadership group they were ignoring procedures for choosing speakers for their annual conferences and questioned if their programs were promoting heresy.

..."Müller specifically challenged the LCWR leaders for deciding to bestow its 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award to "a theologian criticized by the Bishops of the United States because of the gravity of the doctrinal errors in that theologian's writings." Although he does not name her, Müller is referencing St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, a theologian at Fordham University...."

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