The bishop who led the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious (LCWR) has published a revealing op-ed explaining exactly why the Vatican took the position it did and sets the record straight about the many misrepresentations of the facts in this case.
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Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
The Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has declared that a book on sexual ethics by Mercy Sister Margaret A. Farley does not conform to the teachings of the Magisterium. As such, the CDF said, “it cannot be used as a valid expression of Catholic teaching, either in counseling and formation, or in ecumenical and interreligious dialogue.”
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) issued a statement on Friday in which they denounce the Vatican's recent sanctions against the organization.
After a years-long investigation, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has called for major reforms in an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S., citing "serious doctrinal problems" with the way the organization has been conducting itself.
Last week a woman called into our radio show and expressed concern that a retreat house in Pennsylvania was distributing free booklets to teens that contained the locutions of a woman named "Anne" who claims she has been receiving messages from Jesus and Mary. She asked us to do a little research on the matter.
KL writes: "I just found out last week that our parish is going to start offering yoga classes and I am not sure what to do about this. I talked to our school principal and our school board about it, and the principal has since talked with our parish priest. I just got an e-mail that says "after a good deal of research" and talking with our priest they have decided that the yoga classes will go on . . . ugh! I have downloaded and printed the document, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life, and am wondering if you have any other suggestions for me. I think I have an uphill battle ahead of me, bu tI do feel it's a worthwhile battle. Help!!"
KK asks: "I noticed on your website that you have a new age section and was wondering if you considered Anthony DeMello and his book Awareness new age?"
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist An historic moment in the life of the Church took place today when the Vatican announced a new canonical structure that will allow former Anglicans to enter full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
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