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.
Changes in church governance structures and increased inclusion of the laity, particularly women, were themes expressed Oct. 9 at a forum at Dominican University to respond to reports exposing sexual abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church.
Language is powerful in its ability to shape our perspective. How we name our reality can, to some extent, lead us to very different conclusions.
Catholics who work on the climate change issue say the world has "a moral and ethical imperative to act," following the release of a major report that foresees a global climate crisis.
Vatican City: South Korean Sr. Mina Kwon, one of the eight women religious allowed to attend the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops in an advisory capacity, told the 267 prelates taking part Oct. 5 that "young people are sensitive to the issue of inequality and exclusion."
For four years, I've been a part of the American Benedictine Academy, which works to pass on Benedictine values. Our biennial conference this year celebrated modern "artisans of the monastery." It brought together more than 100 artists, writers, musicians, craftspeople and art appreciators at St. Benedict Monastery in Minnesota, including a large number of oblates.
The Latin American group employed the "see, judge, act" methodology: recognize what's happening and who is affected, interpret how Catholics should respond and take action.
I am uncomfortable when conversations seem to seek replacements for vowed religious life. The truth is, God is still calling people to make lifelong, vowed religious commitments, and people are still saying yes.
Four months ago, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men quietly sold the Silver Spring, Maryland, building they've co-owned since 1982 and shared with other Catholic organizations.
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