Twisted Sisters in Fantasyland
As reported in an earlier post, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious held its annual "assembly" this past week across the street from "Fantasyland" in Anaheim, California.
Huddled together in the squalid setting of the 5 star Anaheim Hilton Hotel and Resort, the graying pack of recusant religious emoted over their prophetic stance on behalf of the poor and the marginalized.
One of the pools at the Hilton Anaheim
Sporting a diverse array of nouveau habits -- pant suits, muumuus, faded Vote for Kerry-Edwards T-shirt-and-jeans ensembles -- they celebrated their "connectedness" with like-minded women scattered throughout their "small, small world."
Addressing the group, LCWR president Sister Christine Vladimiroff, OSB, stated, “Our foremothers and founders have shown us the way through the past. Now it is our time, the only time we have — the present. The future of religious life is in our hands to shape for those who will follow us."
Truth be told, if the many saintly and even sainted foundresses and founders of the religious congregations represented at the conference were to come back from the grave, they would most certainly have a few choice words for their wacky and wayward "spiritual" daughters.
Sister Vladimiroff's claim that the "future of religious life is in our hands to shape for those who will follow us" is patently false.
First and fortuitously, these poor deluded women have no one following them since they have virtually no vocations (at least in this country).
Second, the future of religious life is in the hands of the religous orders and congregations that belong to the Rome approved Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), an outgrowth of the now disbanded Consortium Pefectae Caritatis (CPC). These are religious orders and congregations which are getting vocations because they are faithful to the Magisterium and to the authentic reform of religious life as taught by Vatican Council II. A sampling of these groups would include: the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles, the Nashville Dominicans, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, and the Missionaries of Charity.
The LCWR considers CMSWR a "splinter group" when in fact the opposite is true. CMSWR aims at fidelity to the Church's Magisterium. LCWR actively works against the Church and Her teachings.