A calming perspective

By | April 25, 2012

There have been many reactions since the Vatican’s April 18 announcement of a major reform in  the U.S. congregation of women relgious known as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious or LCWR.  As reported by Catholic News Service, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide “review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work” of LCWR. The archbishop will be assisted by Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio, and Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., and draw on the advice of fellow bishops, women religious and other experts. The LCWR claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women’s communities as members, represents about 80 percent of the country’s 57,000 women religious.
We have yet to see how this reform will take place or what will be involved.  However, this week Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Fla., offered a calming perspective on his blog.
As Bishop Lynch says, the Sisters “have played and continue to play an extremely important and vital role in the life of our Church.”

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