Monday, May 5, 2014

Head of Vatican doctrinal congregation confronts LCWR for noncooperation | National Catholic Reporter

The appointment of Cardinal Gerhard Muller to the position long occupied by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI was labeled Francis's "first mistake" by Jesuit Thomas Reese, a columnist for National Catholic Reporter.  That prediction is coming true. Cardinal Gerhard Muller, the leader of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (long known as the Inquisition) has sharply denounced as defiant the leadership of the leading organization of American Catholic nuns - the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  Particularly close to home for me is his criticism of the Fordham University theologian Elizabeth Johnson.  Her work has been sharply criticized by the Doctrinal Committee of the U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference.  But there is a lot more in Muller's disciplinary statement, which tracks the stern reign of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, rather than the warm and forgiving tone of his successor as Pope - Francis. - GWC

Head of Vatican doctrinal congregation confronts LCWR for noncooperation | National Catholic Reporter:
by Dennis Coday

 "The Vatican chief of doctrine has accused U.S. women religious leaders of not abiding by a reform agenda the Vatican imposed on their leadership organization following a doctrinal assessment of the group. Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told the leadership group they were ignoring procedures for choosing speakers for their annual conferences and questioned if their programs were promoting heresy. Using the most direct and confrontational language since the Vatican began to rein in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious two years ago, Müller told leaders of the conference that starting in August, they must have their annual conference programs approved by a Vatican-appointed overseer before the conference agendas and speakers are finalized."
His harshest criticism, however, was reserved for the LCWR's promotion at its assemblies and printed resources of conscious evolution, which Müller compared to gnosticism, a term that describes various sects that arose in the second century that exalted arcane knowledge, mixing Christian belief with pagan speculation and theories. "Gnosis" is the Greek word for knowledge.
"We have seen again and again in the history of the Church the tragic results of partaking of this bitter fruit," Müller said. "Conscious Evolution does not offer anything which will nourish religious life as a privileged and prophetic witness rooted in Christ revealing divine love to a wounded world."

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