Christendom College’s Chairman of the Board Donna Bethell has penned an article that staunchly defends the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Appearing in the National Catholic Register, her article examines the history of the LCWR and its current dispute with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Bethell, who has been defending the Vatican in this matter on TV and radio programming, writes:
In the wake of the Second Vatican Council, some religious women took the call for renewal as a summons to feminism and an emphasis on social work, and there was a loss of the Christological focus necessary to the consecrated life and a drift toward a secular and political viewpoint. Over the years, the LCWR has shown a marked trend toward fringe — and even decidedly un-Catholic — positions and interests, such as ordaining women and encouraging the homosexual lifestyle, while neglecting the legitimate development of Catholic spirituality among the members of the congregations belonging to the LCWR.