|Pope Francis Meets with Leadership Conference of Women Religious|
Bridget Mary's Response:
Sisters, a word of advice, now that Pope Francis is smiling with you, perhaps, you could mention your support of women priests and how many of you are called to priesthood. No matter how hard the Vatican tries to squelch the Spirit, you have demonstrated how Spirit-filled you are! The Spirit in the people of God has always been with you!
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, ARCWP and Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP
The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has accepted a final report of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, "marking the conclusion" of the oversight, the Vatican announced Thursday.
The lengthy process saw the Vatican issue what the sisters called unsubstantiated sharp critiques of their work and life while appointing Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to oversee a program of reform for LCWR. Thursday's news release says the Vatican and the sisters both noted the "spirit of cooperation" of the ordeal.
The end of the mandate, the Vatican release says, came in a meeting Thursday morning between LCWR officers, Sartain, and officials of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation. Sartain and the LCWR officers presented a joint report on the implementation of the mandate, which the doctrinal congregation approved.
LCWR leaders also had a 50-minute meeting with Pope Francis later Thursday during their annual visit to Rome to visit Vatican offices."