The Leadership Conference of Women Religious have responded to a Vatican overseer with a brief, conciliatory statement, reports the Religion News Service in Ucanews.
After its four-day annual assembly, the board of the LCWR, which represents 80 percent of the 57,000 sisters in the US, emphasised the positive, and remained tight-lipped about negotiations to resolve the investigation, in a statement released on Monday.
Referring to closed sessions with Seattle Archbishop J Peter Sartain, named by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to implement Rome’s 'doctrinal assessment,' LCWR said: 'The session with Archbishop Sartain allowed a profound and honest sharing of views...
'Although we remain uncertain as to how our work with the bishop delegates will proceed, we maintain hope that continued conversations of this depth will lead to a resolution of this situation that maintains the integrity of LCWR and is healthy for the whole church.'
It’s unclear whether the religious women's gentle words will be sufficient to turn away the wrath of the church’s hierarchy. In brief public remarks, Archbishop Sartain told the nuns he came to the gathering as a 'brother and a friend.'