Albany: Evening of Prayer for Women Religious

supporters line upOver 200 people braved the very stormy weather in Albany last evening (May 29, 2012) to participate in an evening of prayer for Women Religious.  The outpouring of support for American Religious Women is taking place across the country as their Leadership begins a week of prayer and discernment. St. Vincent’s Church on Madison Ave., Albany was the scene as supporters traveled from Amsterdam and Oneonta and the Eastern regions of Rensselaer County (to mention a few) to share in the prayers.Today’s Albany Times Union mentioned the event: U.S. nuns backed in face-off with Vatican,  By Paul Grondahl Read more


A memorable part of the evening was a special and personal remembrance of Sisters and women past and present whom we wished to honor by placing flower petals in their names into overflowing vases and by writing words of thanks and support for all to see.



Some of the many Sisters who shared the evening with their friends and advocates


Former LCWR Leader Speaks on Vatican Order

From the National Catholic Reporter web site: May. 29, 2012 By Joshua J. McElwee

Among those still trying to understand the implications of the Vatican order as the LCWR board meets this week is Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane. A former LCWR leader, Kane made headlines across the world when she welcomed Pope John Paul II to the United States in 1979 and pointedly asked him about the possibility of ordaining women to the priesthood. Kane, now an associate professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., first spoke to NCR about the Vatican order in a wide-ranging, half-hour-long phone conversation in early May.

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Editor’s Note: Sister Theresa Kane visited Upstate New York Call to Action in 2010 as that year’s Thruway Tour speaker.

Vatican Declares “Year of Assault”

May 27, 2012 John C. Sivalon, M.M.

Note:  The author of this incisive analysis is a former Maryknoll provincial superior who now teaches theology at the University of Scranton.    It “connects the dots” between the recent Vatican censure of the LCWR and the retrenchment from Vatican II.

Under the guise of a “Year of Faith,” the Vatican has launched an all-out assault on any theology or interpretation of Vatican II based on what it calls a “Hermeneutic (Interpretation) of Rupture.”  This theological assault is articulated in the document known as “Porta Fidei” written by Benedict XVI and further specified in a document titled “Note on Recommendations for the Implementation of the Year of Faith” which was developed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Both of these documents are cited by Cardinal Levada in his statement on the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The rationale for that assessment and other punitive moves that have been made in recent months (Caritas International, educational institutes, and the Girl Scouts) must be understood in the broader context of this special “year of assault.”

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Sisters are Women of Conviction

Article by By Mary Johnson  published in the Times Union May 26, 2012****

I left the convent 15 years ago, but I still dream of myself in a long white habit.

Lately those dreams have intensified. I dream of nuns on trial, sisters forced into boxes. I find myself shouting into crowds, trying to get someone to pay attention.

In April the Vatican accused some American sisters of exploring spiritualities outside Roman Catholicism, engaging in corporate dissent and embracing “radical feminism.” They’ve appointed a Seattle archbishop to oversee the activities of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for the next five years. Beginning Tuesday, the sisters of the LCWR will gather to formulate a response.

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On Tuesday in Albany, there will be an Evening of Prayer in Support of Women Religious of America at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 900 Madison Ave., from 7-8:30 p.m.

**** See another article by Mary Johnson published May 21st on the Huffington Post:            

The Vatican Lays a Cunning Trap for American Nuns

By Mary C. Johnson

Posted: 05/21/2012 1:54 pm  Huffington Post

At the end of this month, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet to formulate a response to a Vatican trap whose cunning is best appreciated within the long tradition of religious authorities who craft impossible dilemmas for those they perceive as threats.

Two millennia ago, the chief priests sent someone to ask Jesus, “Should we pay taxes?” If Jesus said yes, he would pit himself against Jewish resistance to Roman occupation and therefore, in Jewish eyes, against God. If he said no, the Romans could execute him for sedition. Instead, Jesus famously replied, “Render to Ceaser what is Ceaser’s and to God what is God’s.”
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Binghamton Prayer Vigil

Report from Tim Taugher:

“Thought I would give you an update from our prayer service last night (May 22nd in Binghamton).   We had a very supportive turnout of 110 people.  A very good representation of the Women Religious from our area, the Sisters of St. Joseph, Daughters of Charity, and Benedictine.  Everything just flowed beautifully with the various readings, songs, and prayers.  Our 2 speakers, Sr. Donald Corcoran and Amy Fleming, were exceptionally moving…..  We invited all the Women Religious  to stand and they were given a very strong applause of support.  The feedback continues to be coming in with comments of gratitude and how moved people were with the whole service.

“All the best with your upcoming event next week.  “The Spirit is Alive and She is on the loose.”  Happy Pentecost.  Tim Taugher