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Bishop Blair Sets Record Straight on LCWR

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

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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Pro-Abortion Nun Calls Mary’s “Fiat” a “Choice”

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist  A Roman Catholic nun who was reprimanded by her order last month for her support of abortion rights, used the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary to applaud the defeat of the pro-life Nelson-Hatch Amendment and make the outrageous claim that Mary’s decision to bear Jesus made her the first women in the New Testament to “express Choice.”

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Pope Says an “Adult Faith” Does Not Dissent

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer  During his homily on the closing of the Year of St. Paul on June 28, Pope Benedict XVI explained that an “adult faith” is not the “do-it-yourself’ kind of faith that has sprung up in recent years, but one that is courageous enough to adhere to the Church’s teachings, even when it contradicts the prevailing culture.

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Pope Calls Crisis Meeting With Austrian Bishops

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer A crisis in the Austrian Catholic Church prompted a special meeting in Rome on June 15 between Pope Benedict XVI and Austrian bishops. The Church in Austria has been troubled for years by dwindling numbers and widespread dissent. 

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Vatican Launches “Assessment” of Dissident Women Religious Conference

By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Writer The Vatican has launched another investigation of American nuns, this time focusing on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization known for its promotion of the ordination of women and homosexuality, and for its dissent regarding the unique role of Christ in salvation.

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