Cardinal Levada acts on Women’s Religious Orders

Well, we haven’t really heard much from William Cardinal Levada in the four years he has been Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Certainly not like we heard from Josef Cardinal Ratzinger when he was in that position.

(It’s amazing, though, how many people I encountered when Pope Benedict was elected who didn’t know who Cardinal Ratzinger was).

However, he’s recently been making some moves. We already know about the Apostolic Visitation of Women’s Religious Orders, called by the Congregation for Consecrated Life.

Now, Cardinal Levada has called for a separate investigation, under the auspices of the CDF, of the left wing Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). It will be led by Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, OH.

Apparently, the LCWR and CDF met in 2001 in Rome, and the meeting left the Vatican with serious concerns about LCWR’s attitudes on women’s ordination (Ordinatio sacerdotalis), ecumenism (Dominus Iesus), and homosexuality.

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