Archbishop offers LCWR few details

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In his first address to representatives of US Catholic religious women, the archbishop tasked by the Vatican to oversee them had little to offer regarding the reason for Vatican concern or how the process goes forward, reports NCR.

Leaving Thursday’s closed-door meeting between Seattle Archbishop J Peter Sartain and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), several sisters said they felt frustration at the lack of detail given by the prelate nearly 19 months into his mandate.

Archbishop Sartain met Thursday afternoon with some 825 LCWR members, who are representatives of orders of Catholic sisters around the county. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has named the prelate the group’s apostolic delegate and given him wide power to revise its statutes and programs.

LCWR members were asked by the group’s leaders not to discuss Thursday’s meetings with members of the press. The doors into the convention hall where Archbishop Sartain was speaking were locked with uniformed guards placed near them to prevent unauthorized entry.

Several LCWR members, while not giving specifics of the apostolic delegate’s remarks or the questions asked of the archbishop, told NCR afterwards of their general feeling of the meeting. A few of the members expressed appreciation that Archbishop Sartain spent time at their assembly; others said there was a general sense of frustration, fatigue, and disappointment with the direction of the afternoon.

'This is just more of the same,' said one. Another, asked to express a general feeling, would only make a so-so gesture with her hands.

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