|Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller|
Are we about to see the liberals turn on Pope Francis? I think that as the news gets out that Pope Francis has stated that he is in agreement with the Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of America, as well as the program of reform for this Conference, this may well happen.
Here is the full communiqué from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith following a meeting with leaders of the LCWR in the United States today. You can find it here on the website of the Vatican Information Service.
MEETING OF CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH WITH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS
Vatican City, 15 April 2013 (VIS) – “Today, the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) of the United States of America. Archbishop James Peter Sartain, archbishop of Seattle, Washington, USA, and the Holy See’s Delegate for the Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting,” informs a communiqué from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
“As this was his first opportunity to meet with the Presidency of the LCWR, the Prefect of the Congregation, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, expressed his gratitude for the great contribution of women Religious to the Church in the United States as seen particularly in the many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and staffed by Religious over the years.”
“The Prefect then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the guidance of the Magisterium. He also emphasized that a Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, 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.”
“Finally, Archbishop Muller informed the Presidency 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.”
“It is the sincere desire of the Holy See,” the note concludes, “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.”