LCWR Maintains a Reality Check on Church's Assessment

Archbishop's Nienstedt and Bishop Blair continue to try and defend the Catholic Churches attack on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in a McCarthyism type (oops, that slipped in there) assessment by the Committee (oops did it again, the Congregation) for the Docrine of the Faith (CDF) in the July 19th issue of the Catholic Spirit.  Contrary to Archbishop Nienstedt's belief, the secular media doesn't delight or take every opportunity to make the Catholic Church look bad, the church manages to do that all by itself.  By continuing to contradict themselves, and in their attacks of the LCWR to keep it under control of the Party (my bad, the Church), the church exposes itself to the media for what it really is: a hierarchical structure that represents an institutionalized form of patriarchal domination that cannot be reconciled with the Gospel (right on Sister Sandra Schneiders).

Let me cite just a few areas of concern in the Church's assessment of the LCWR.

According to his Most Insightfullness Leonard Blair, the fundamental question posed to the LCWR leadership as part of the assessment is "what are the Church's pastors to make of the fact that the LCWR constantly provides a one-sided platform - without challenge or any opposing view - to speakers who take a negatve and critical position vis-a-vis Church doctrine and discipline and the Church's teaching office?"  What are the Church's members to make of the fact that the Church constantly wishes to suppress the opposing view and stifle any critical assessment of the Church by the LCWR?  What are they to make of the fact that the Church constantly provides a one-sided platform?  What is everyone to make of the appointment of “an Archbishop Delegate, assisted by two Bishops, for review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work of the LCWR” (aka control and suppress any opposing view of the Church)?

Bishop Blair cites Father Michael H. Crosby, who was a keynote speaker at the joint LCWR-CMSM assembly in 2004 and commented on the fact that the Vatican's version of God "wills that women not be ordained." Well, the truth hurts doesn't it. The church has no real biblical foundation for male priests and by maintaning such an unfounded doctrine as part of its faith the Church has defined a God in its own image.

In the end, Bishop Blair questions the motivations of the LCWR on abortion and the God Catholic-given meaning of marriage and states the belief that their leadership doesn't reflect the beliefs of all members of the LCWR.  Well, I would imagine an organization  of tens of thousands of members aren't all in alignment with a single belief.  But I'd be willing to bet that the leadership of the LCWR doesn't muzzle their members and assign a witch-hunt committee to investigate why they don't belive the same as their leadership.  I know the Catholic Church does.

I think that there's another solution to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR that our government took with regard to the british.  To paraphrase the United States constitution: When in the course of religious events it becomes necessary for one group of nuns to dissolve the religious bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.  Wait a minute, I think  that they've already done that and the Church is trying to send in the troops to supress the revolution.  Isn't it great what history teaches us?