Living life as a woman religious requires me to remember that faith permeates every aspect of my life. This includes what I buy, what my community invests in, and how I treat other people. It also includes sharing that faith with others, including corporations.
Horizons - This experience of sharing community at the Catholic Worker house with people from different spiritualities, different professions and trades, different races and ages, different gender expressions and personalities: It got under my skin.
Three women, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, shared their harrowing accounts during a Nov. 27 testimony-sharing and panel discussion in Rome, meant to raise up women's voices in the global discussion about abuse and cover-up.
GSR Today - As I meet various groups of sisters, I am always curious about the stories of their founding and why, with so many options of those long-ago founded groups, women choose to start something new.
From Social Service Sr. Simone Campbell: This past Election Day demonstrated that care for the common good is in the hearts of our people. Now we have to ask ourselves — what's next?
GSR Today - Invited to address the bishops' assembly, where the sex abuse crisis dominated discussions, Sr. Teresa Maya, past president of LCWR, offered wisdom of women religious on leadership, having been "tried and tested in many ways."
Religious life in the 21st century calls us to help our church listen to the voices of women and respect their full and equal participation in all aspects of ecclesial affairs, including governance.
According to an Oct. 11 report from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, children suffered physical and sexual abuse at the hands of nuns, priests and staffers at orphanages run by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. The abuse took place over decades, resulting in frequent deaths.
Rome - Sr. Sally Hodgdon said there are two nonordained religious brothers serving as full voting members of the Vatican's synod on young people, while seven sisters have nonvoting roles. "That should change."
Bishops, women religious, canon lawyers and others met Sept. 25-26 outside Chicago to help diocesan leaders understand the precipitous decline in numbers of women in religious life and what that means to the church.
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