Tout y passe : ordination de femmes, homosexualité, féminisme, masturbation, New Age, mariage homo, avortement, habit. Et j'ai dû en oublier...
On October 7, 1979, Sister Theresa Kane R.S.M., former president of the LCWR, issued a formal plea during Pope John Paul II's Apostolic visit to the United States at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for "providing the possibility of women as persons being included in all ministries of the church." Since then, various similar sentiments were expressed by LCWR members which later drew conflict with the Holy Office who sought to maintain Catholic doctrinal orthodoxy, a position disputed by LCWR members as unfair and unjust to what they perceive as gender inequality in the Catholic Church. The LCWR were asked, ‘Please don’t talk about expanding ordination beyond celibate men.’ But the LCWR never withdrew a 1977 statement about women’s ordination, which concerned those doing the doctrinal assessment.
On June 3, 2012, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith headed by Cardinal William Levada made a public statement of disapproval of Sister Margaret Farley and her book, Just Love, which emphasized a toleration of homosexuality, feminism, and masturbation. The statement said that Farley's teachings were a "defective understanding of the objective nature of natural moral law" and were "in direct contradiction with Catholic teaching in the field of sexual morality".
In addition, some members also feel their direct experience with marginalized and homeless people is more relevant and claim that Catholic bishops who lack this experience should listen to them. Dissident members, most notably Sister Patricia Farrell also contend that prevailing Church teachings on morals, faith and sex "needs to be reformulated, rethought in light of the world we live in." while other members openly support New Age Pantheistic beliefs, homosexuality and same-sex marriage. Some LCWR members openly endorse the ordination of women as part of the Roman Catholic priesthood. Similar to the Episcopalian Church in the United States, LCWR members take a nuanced position on abortion, further citing that the investigation launched by Holy See is "unjust" and "flawed".
The LCWR have support from many who claim membership in the Roman Catholic Church but disagree over some teachings, particularly those with liberal, modernist, and progressive stances on Church moral teachings.
CBS: 60 Minutes interview
On March 2013, CBS News published a televised 60 Minutes episode on the group pertaining to its doctrinal assessment and critique. The show met with several prominent leaders of the LCWR organization who expressed their desire for the ordination of women in the Church along with the personal nature of their charitable works, along with an private interview with Archbishop James Peter Sartain discussing the key points of the doctrinal issues and his possible ruling on the outcome.
In addition, some criticism by viewers were expressed at the show's centerpiece graphic featuring a nun wearing a traditional religious habit while holding a dissident protest-picket sign, while in reality, LCWR members are known to have abandoned traditional religious clothing in public.
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