Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: The Fourth Scenario

Scenario 4: Reconciliation Read scenarios one, two and three here. Doing the work of dialogue and reconciliation resonated with sisters I spoke with at the 2007 meeting. In the scripture Sister Laurie chose for this scenario, Paul describes reconciling old and new as a core ministry in the Church: “So if anyone is in Christ,Continue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: The Fourth Scenario”

Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3

Scenario 3: Sojourning in a Strange Land Read about the first and second scenarios by Joan Mitchell, CSJ. The third scenario tells the heartbreaking story of Hagar (Genesis 21.9-21). Hagar is Sarah’s Egyptian maidservant. African American women have long identified with Hagar because she is both a servant and a surrogate mother as many blackContinue reading “Possible Futures for Catholic Sisters: Scenario 3”

Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario

Scenario 2: Acquiescence Read about the first scenario here The familiar household of Mary and Martha in the village of Bethany provides the setting for acquiescence (Luke 10.28-32). The conflict in this gospel story puts both Mary and her sister Martha in their proper places. Martha wants Mary to help her with the work ofContinue reading “Possible Futures For Catholic Sisters: The 2nd Scenario”

LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on Vatican mandate | National Catholic Reporter

“ST. LOUIS— Hours before the U.S. Catholic sisters meeting was expected to decide how to respond to the Vatican’s rebuke of their leadership organization, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious told them to be “truthful, but gentle and absolutely fearless.”” Read the full address: LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on VaticanContinue reading “LCWR president to sisters: Be ‘fearless’ on Vatican mandate | National Catholic Reporter”

Sisters and the Vatican: Time for Real Dialogue

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is currently meeting in St. Louis, discussing how to respond to Vatican accusations. Naturally I wish I was part of the conversation. I did hear in person Sister Laurie Brink’s keynote address at the 2007 LCWR meeting that has given rise to accusation that sisters are post Christian andContinue reading “Sisters and the Vatican: Time for Real Dialogue”

Dancing with Miriam

A guest post from Ellie Roscher Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing. And Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; horse and rider he has thrown into the sea.” Exodus 15:Continue reading “Dancing with Miriam”