In the same conversation that Pope Francis spoke about a ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican, he also provided hopeful words for America’s women religious and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) currently experiencing Vatican censure.
According to report by National Catholic Reporter, Pope Francis met with leaders of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women (CLAR) and urged religious to live the gospels without too much concern for the Vatican’s politics. The key quote:
“‘Perhaps even a letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine (of the Faith) will arrive for you, telling you that you said such or such thing … But do not worry. Explain whatever you have to explain, but move forward … Open the doors, do something there where life calls for it. I would rather have a Church that makes mistakes for doing something than one that gets sick for being closed up…'”
One facet of the Vatican’s gripe with American Sisters has been their welcome to LGBT Catholics. New Ways Ministry continues to support the sisters in their struggle, and if you would like to become involved you can visit the Nun Justice website.
For full coverage by Bondings 2.0 of the American women religious’ courageous stand, you can click here.
–Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry