LCWR president ‘not sure’ of what comes next
Franciscan Sr. Pat Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, told NCR on Monday she’s “not sure” of the best way for her group to continue its conversations with Vatican officials regarding their order that the group revise and place itself under the control of three bishops.
In a 10-minute interview, Farrell said Friday’s conversation with the LCWR board following a meeting with Vatican officials had an atmosphere of “sober attentiveness” as the group decides “our best way forward together in this.”
Farrell’s comments come just hours after LCWR, which represents some 80 percent of U.S. women religious, issued its first statement after the June 12 meeting between Farrell and St. Joseph Janet Mock, LCWR’s executive director, and Cardinal William Levada, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who has been given wide-ranging authority of the sisters’ group.
That statement said while the Rome meeting saw “open” discussions between the four, it also was “difficult” because of “differing perspectives” the two sides have over the Vatican’s assessment of the group. For the full LCWR statement, see: LCWR: Vatican meeting ‘difficult,’ with ‘differing perspectives’ [more]