Bridget Mary's Reflection:
I agree with Frances Kissling that the nun leaders in the LCWR are moderates, but I hope that they will not submit to Vatican control of their agenda for justice for the marginalized in the church and world. The Vatican's agenda is to force LCWR to adhere to the insitutuional church's teaching, which does not reflect the sensus fidelium of the majority of Catholics, on the hot button issues of contraception, marriage equality/gay rights, and women priests. So far, the LCWR has resisted. I think this so called "dialogue" is a good faith effort not the beginning of compliance as Dr. Kissling argues.
While the LCWR has not come out and in recent times in, publica support of women's ordination, no one will forget Teresa Kane's strong plea to the Pope in favor of women priests.
I personally think that, if the LCWR is pushed on these not button issues, they will not obey, instead they will declare independence and move on. It appears that the member orders have clearly expressed that they want dialogue with the church hierarchy, not submission to the Vatican, at their August meeting in St. Louis.
One day in the not too distant future I look forward to ordaining nunpriests who have the public support of their orders.
Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp