Battle Ecclesiale

Catholic Sensibility

After a long pause in the LCWR versus bishops + CDF tussle, we have some new upset. David Gibson at RNS details a few recent salvos.

The LCWR fired big, slating theologian Elizabeth Johnson for its Outstanding Leadership Award at their upcoming August conference. Referring to the head of the bishops’ committee responsible for the Rome/LCWR connection, the CDF head, Cardinal Gerhard Müller fired back:

The choice to honor Johnson without (Archbishop) Sartain’s approval, Mueller said, “will be seen as a rather open provocation against the Holy See. … Not only that, but it further alienates the LCWR from the bishops as well.”

I see a lot of sites trumpeting crackdown, but truly, the bishops are powerless on this front. The LCWR was formed in the 1950’s to facilitate communication between sisters and Rome. The organization can be shut down, or the sisters can walk away, and pretty much nobody…

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