Monday, April 15, 2013

Renegade US Nuns Group Braces for Crackdown by Vatican

Today we get a good glimpse about the direction in which this Pope will take the Church.

-and the news is promising.

"Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican's call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious. [LCWR]

Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns' group that he had "recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this conference of major superiors."......

In classic diplomatic language, the Vatican has made is painfully clear that they not only have had enough of radicals operating within the Church in an effort to undermine Christian beliefs and the authority of the Church itself, but that they have every intention of doing something about it. 

As our contributor Scipio noted in a phone conversation a few weeks back, the Left and the remoras who tag along for the ride dropped in wholesale fashion the traditional idea of leaving the Church or a nation for a place that better suited them. Those who ran the "Progressive" show changed their strategies completely, insisting that every hand remain in place and work to destroy the edifice from within. Thus Leftists ran to universities to begin their Gramcsi-inspired "Long march through the institutions" and radical feminists, rather than leaving the convent or avoiding it in the first place, now opted to stay in (Or join) the ranks of nuns with the intention of initiating an insidious game of Jenga that had one key variation - that the one who pulled the last block to force the collapse would be the winner, not the loser. The faithful nuns would be brushed aside for this operation.

So on came the calls for priestesses in a region in which its very founder refers to God as "Father", campaigns to denigrate the credibility of the scriptures, introductions of patently non-Christian rituals that amounted to goddess worship, support of abortion and euthanasia, pressure to declare inherently sinful acts as perfectly fine, installations of rabidly anti-Church faculty in seminaries, and severe intrusions into the civil side that were nothing other than Socialist-inspired and guaranteed to run the economy of a nation into the ground.

Until recently  this group was so aggressive and the beneficiary of the good treatment by the Leftist media that will jump through flaming hoops to give air time to "Catholics" - nuns no less, who support almost everything the Church by its very nature opposes, that it appeared that it could not be touched.

- that until is during the rule of Benedict XVI.

The "doctrinal assessment" referred to was released last year. It was the first time of which I am aware that the problem of renegade and anti-Church nuns was officially addressed by the Vatican. Pope Francis clearly has no intention of dropping the matter, which has been allowed to go on for far too long. Nothing was left to doubt; the LCWR has canonical status only under the authority and approval of the Vatican, not on its own, and that status can be pulled at the drop of a hat. 

"We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the church," it said without further elaboration.

Last April, the doctrinal congregation issued an assessment of LCWR, citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life." The assessment called for the organization's reform to ensure its fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. LCWR's canonical status is granted by the Vatican.

During the April 15 meeting at the Vatican, Archbishop Muller said the group, like any conference of major superiors, "exists in order to promote common efforts among its member institutes as well as cooperation with the local conference of bishops and with individual bishops."
"For this reason, such conferences are constituted by and remain under the direction of the Holy See," said the written statement released by the doctrinal congregation.

"It is the sincere desire of the Holy See that this meeting may help to promote the integral witness of women religious, based on a firm foundation of faith and Christian love, so as to preserve and strengthen it for the enrichment of the church and society for generations to come," the statement said."

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