"Recently, the Vatican has enacted several disciplinary decrees against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. This group has been in existence for many decades and represents about 85% of all the sisters in the U.S.A. I am told that only the conclusions of the investigation were given to the leadership of this group. As far as I know, they have not been given the opportunity to see the entire report and to learn exactly what led to this disciplinary action. I fear that church leadership still has a long way to go to be transparent."There's something to that. For example, the Status Animarum for our parish is on a kind of Index of Forbidden Spreadsheets, so that when I requested it I was told I could have it only for my personal use. If parish statistics ever become freely and publicly available, then parish staff will be in a better position to wonder why documents at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are not.
"The conclusion of this report alleges the sisters have been 'guilty' of giving scandal to the 'faithful' and that they have not been vocal enough on some issues of Church doctrine.Here's the report and the Justice Issues at the LCWR website. On the point about what issues are raised and which not, perhaps this is analogous to the way that particular priests conspicuously never preaching on certain topics "says something" to their congregations.
"As I read the media reports, they have also been told that they have been too involved with the issues such as poverty and hunger."That sounds more like media reports of the LCWR's public relations campaign.
"The Archbishop of Seattle has been ordered by the Vatican to 'take charge' of this organization representing the sisters. He must now approve every speaker and every program they wish to offer. It seems that much scandal has been indeed given, but not necessarily by the sisters."Who's scanadalized largely depends on whether one is of the same or opposite polarity as the LCWR in our polarized Church.
"Please pray for the sisters as they prayerfully gather to assess what course of action they might take."Along with praying for the CDF and Archbishop of Seattle.
"We, as Catholics, owe the sisters a great debt for all the work they have done and continue to do."I hope that one day someone researches how they managed classrooms of 55 kids. If that is a skill that could be taught, the potential benefit could dwarf anything the sisters have been doing since.
"Perhaps it might be prudent for me to say nothing on this issue, but I cannot help but make some comment."P.S. Speaking of the LCWR's P.R., "While the conference has said it will not comment publicly on the Vatican's Doctrinal Assessment until it has drafted a formal response", its president-elect, Sister Florence Deacon of the locally headquartered Sisters of Saint Francis, is interviewed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.