Archbishop urges avoidance of politics as LCWR convenes
As the Leadership Conference of Women Religious gathers for its annual assembly, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis, Mo., said that talks over the Vatican’s report of the group should stay within the context of the Church and not be politicized.
“I realize this is a most important meeting for you and I pray that the dialogue between the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and LCWR is not politicized,” Archbishop Carlson said, “but worked out within a community of faith.”
Archbishop Carlson, who provided remarks at the Aug. 7 opening day of the LCWR’s annual assembly in St. Louis, said that while he is grateful for the “extraordinary work” of the women religious in his archdiocese, he hopes for a “resolution to the challenges” facing them.
An archdiocesan press release clarified that his remarks are not meant to show support for the content of the assembly, but rather serve as an indicator of his “doctrinal concern for the Holy See.”
The LCWR, which is made up of leaders from 1,500 women’s religious congregations throughout the U.S., made headlines in April 2012 when the Vatican called for a reform following a four year “doctrinal assessment,” which concluded found a “crisis” of belief throughout the group.
Amid the recent controversy, the archbishop called himself “fortunate” to have been able to work with so many members of religious communities throughout St. Louis and praised their contribution to the local community.
“These are dedicated individuals who minister and serve everyday in this archdiocese,” he said.
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