When I read the latest statement of Cardinal Gerhard Müller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in regard to LCWR, I was stunned, angry, disappointed and perplexed all at the same time. My first thought: Has he heard that we now have a pope named Francis? His statement seems so out-of-step with the spirit and outlook of Pope Francis. But I do keep wondering when Pope Francis will step up and put a stop to this narrow and divisive behavior.
I was also amused when Cardinal Müller, in his statement, said that CDF insisted that LCWR seek the "help" of Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain to select speakers and awardees for the national conference. Assistance? Really? When LCWR never asked for "help" from an archbishop delegate and doesn't need it?
[Sr. Maureen Fiedler, SL, is the host of Interfaith Voices.]