Pray For These Brave Sisters in Their Battle Against the HHS

09/01/2016 Comment

Once again, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued outrageous regulations for healthcare workers and institutions that trample on conscience rights and professional ethics and judgment. 

Issued in May, the “Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities” final rule requires doctors and hospitals to provide so-called sex reassignment surgeries and treatments, even on children, regardless of whether doctors have ethical objections or believe such treatments are psychologically and physically damaging to the person—as many recent studies have found.

And once again, healthcare workers, hospitals and states are fighting back in a lawsuit that was filed by the Beckett...READ MORE

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Vatican Calls Loretto Head to Rome to Discuss Sisters' “Dissent”

06/14/2016 Comments (25)

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The president of the Sisters of Loretto has expressed surprise that she has been summoned to the Vatican to discuss several “areas of concern” regarding her order.

This summons was contained in a letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) to Sister Pearl McGivney, the president of the Loretto Sisters. She informed the order’s members about the summons in a June 1 letter that was leaked to the National Catholic Reporter.

The Reporter’s June 9 article stated that the summons “may raise questions” for other U.S. sisters because the Vatican “has at least in this instance used material” gathered in the 2009-2011 CICLSAL apostolic...READ MORE

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“Women Priests” Are Living a Lie

11/04/2015 Comments (135)

Just as I was putting the last stitches into the Halloween costumes I was making for my preschool grandsons, a story in the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that a local Sister of the Precious Blood was excommunicated and dismissed from her order because she had attempted to be “ordained.”

A photo accompanying the article showed Letitia “Tish” Rawles, clad in an alb and stole, being “ordained” by Bridget Mary Meehan, who was decked out in a patchwork chasuble. Meehan also is a former sister excommunicated for her “ordination” and now a “bishop” in the renegade Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP).

I could not help comparing these women to my grandsons, who also were about to...READ MORE

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It's Business As Usual For the LCWR

08/21/2015 Comments (27)

Ever since the mandate to reform the 1,100-member Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) was concluded in April, speculation has swirled around what changes the LCWR would actually implement.

A joint statement prepared by LCWR leaders and the bishops who worked on the reform was very general and made little reference to specifics in the 2012 mandate issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Now that the major addresses from the Aug. 11-15 LCWR annual assembly are posted on the LCWR webpage, some clues are emerging that indicate the “reformed” LCWR has taken a more conciliatory tone toward Church authority.

However, serious questions still remain about the...READ MORE

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Let’s Call CHA What It Really Is: A Secular Trade Group

06/16/2015 Comments (19)

News flash! President Obama now believes that “every human being, made in the image of God, deserves to live in dignity.”

The president said this in a June 9 speech to the annual meeting of the Catholic Health Association (CHA), and he even quoted Pope Francis that we are all called “to satisfy the demands of justice, fairness, and respect for every human being.” 

But apparently, it all depends on the meaning of the term “human being”, for Obama clearly does not believe unborn human beings deserve the right to live. And apparently “justice” does not include employers that have asked to opt out of his administration’s HHS requirement that they must provide employee insurance for...READ MORE

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Catholic Health Association Uses Its Freedom to Bear False Witness

05/28/2015 Comments (61)

Sister Carol Keehan, president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association, makes a point during the session 'Open forum: Is Religion Outdated in the 21st Century?' at the 2013 meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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At a time when numerous Catholic dioceses and institutions are having to go to court to challenge the onerous mandates of the Affordable Care Act, commonly called Obamacare, I was astounded to see this May 26 statement by the Catholic Health Association (CHA):

“President Barack Obama will address the Catholic Health Association’s 2015 annual membership Assembly on June 9 in Washington, D.C., where he will focus on the future of health care and the Affordable Care Act.”

I had to pinch myself to be sure I wasn’t having a nightmare, but then I read further and saw that the CHA president and chief executive officer, Sister Carol Keehan, a Daughter of Charity, was full of praise for Obama...READ MORE

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Final Report on Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Women Religious

12/05/2014 Comments (14)

On Dec. 16, the long-awaited Vatican report on the 2009-2011 apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious will be released at a press conference in the Holy See Press Office, according to a Canadian priest associated with the Vatican.

Father Thomas Rosica told a reporter for the Detroit Free Press about the Dec. 16 event after a Dec. 2 talk he gave at Christo Rey High School in Detroit. Father Rosica is president of Assumption University in Windsor, Ontario, and chief executive officer of Salt and Light Television in Canada.

Then, on Dec. 3, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) informed its members that LCWR had received a Dec. 2 letter from Archbishop Jose Rodriguez...READ MORE

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What's the Status of the Vatican's Final Report on Women Religious?

11/17/2014 Comments (86)
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Whatever happened to the Vatican’s Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Women Religious conducted 2009-2010 by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life?

That question takes on increasing urgency as the predicted deadline for releasing a Vatican report on that visitation looms in just days: Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, secretary of the Vatican’s congregation for consecrated life, told reporters last January that he thought the final report on the visitation likely would be made public before the Year of Consecrated Life begins Nov. 30.

The visitation had been initiated in late 2008 by then-prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Franc Rodé, with the...READ MORE

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About Guest Blogger/Ann Carey

Ann Carey
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Ann Carey is a veteran journalist who has written hundreds of articles for many prestigious Catholic publications during her 31-year career in the Catholic press. She is a member of the Catholic Press Association and has won awards for news and feature writing, as well as investigative reporting. Her specialty is women religious, and she is working on a new, updated edition of her book, Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities, to be published by Ignatius Press. She and her husband live in Indiana and are the parents of three grown children.