Obituary: Sister Margaret Brennan, I.H.M.

A funeral Mass was celebrated at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters’ motherhouse in Monroe, Mich., for Sister Margaret Brennan, an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister who served as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in 1972.

Vatican, LCWR Reach Agreement on Bylaws

Vatican, LCWR Reach Agreement on Bylaws

The agreement ended a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with Church teaching.

Nuns’ Group Responds To Cardinal’s Criticism

WASHINGTON (CNS) – The recent rebuke of the officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the head of the Vatican’s doctrinal office should be viewed as one part of his entire remarks and one aspect of the group’s visits and ongoing dialogue with Vatican officials, according to a statement by LCWR officers.

‘Dialogue’ with LCWR Continues

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Two days after the head of the Vatican office overseeing religious life said he had not been consulted by the Vatican’s doctrinal office about a controversial investigation of American nuns, the two bodies affirmed their “common commitment” to reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Brazilian Cardinal Joao […]

Pope Says Reform of LCWR Will Continue

 by Carol Glatz VATICAN CITY (CNS) – Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s call for reform of the U.S.-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). Archbishop Gerhard Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the U.S.-based nuns’ group that he had “recently discussed the doctrinal assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed […]

Dialogue Continues – Women Religious Pledge to Do God’s Will

by Carol Zimmermann Members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) announced Aug. 10 at the close of their four-day assembly in St. Louis that they will continue to dialogue with church officials about the Vatican’s doctrinal assessment of their organization. LCWR’s outgoing president, Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell, said the group’s leaders would begin […]

Bishop Responds to LCWR’s President

WASHINGTON (CNS) – There can be no “middle ground” on matters of faith and morals, the bishop who conducted the Vatican-ordered doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said in an interview that aired on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program. Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio, one of two U.S. bishops […]

LCWR Head Responds To Vatican’s Criticism

Conflict between the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith over the reform of LCWR boils down to whether one can “be a Catholic and have a questioning mind,” the conference’s president said in an interview on National Public Radio’s “Fresh Air” program. Franciscan Sister Pat […]