Time to Face Facts: Pope Francis Agrees with the Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR / National Catholic Reporter

On May 9, 2013, I wrote the following headline: “For LCWR, the more the papacy changes, the more it stays the same.”

“One year later, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sadly, has confirmed my suspicions …

“Pope Francis and the women of LCWR share a deeply sacramental understanding of their calling to serve those on the margins of our world. They agree that it is in ministering to the poor, the sick, and the vulnerable that they touch the wounded body of Christ.

“Where they seem to disagree sharply, however, is in their understanding of religious life as a prophetic life form. When women religious touch the wounded body of Christ in their work, it breaks open their hearts in a way that compels them to ask deeper theological questions. It gives them the eyes to read the signs of the times and recognize the prophets in their midst. It gives them the courage ask bold new spiritual questions.”

By Jamie Manson, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this column.

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