Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Deacon Keith Fournier

3/18/2010 (5 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

'The Bishops´ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.'

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the second conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States, believes the Bishops´ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the second conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States, believes the Bishops´ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.

Highlights

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/18/2010 (5 years ago)

Published in Vocations


WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - As the banter back and forth continues in every news source over the proposed Health Care Legislation, the official teachers of the Catholic Church, the Bishops, have remained steadfast.
 
The proposed legislation - which may be pushed through without a real vote -  MUST be opposed because it will expand abortions and provides federal dollars to do so.

Sadly, 60 religious sisters, claiming to speak for every member of the religious communities they represen,t made National News by signing a letter to Congress urging passage of this fatally flawed Bill. The Bill undermines the fundamental Human Right to Life in its present form.

In the letter they CLAIMED they represent 59,000 nuns in taking this controversial position. However, there are only 59,000 total women living a religious life as nuns or sisters in the United States. They also supported the leader of the Catholic Health Association, Sr. Carol Keehan, who came out publicly endorsing the Bill earlier this week.

These 60 sisters have now publicly and openly contradicted the US Catholic Bishops. They went so far as to claim that this Bill is "Pro-Life" when it will expand abortions. 7 Billion dollars of federal money will be given to community health centers if the bill becomes law. That money can be used to take the lives of children in the womb.

They  also maintained  that the US Bishops clear concerns over the expansion of abortion  were "...false claims . . . the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for elective abortions." In short, they not only contradicted the Bishops, they claimed they were not giving the faithful accurate information.

Today, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious responded. These are the leaders of thousands of sisters and nuns in the United States. They represent over 103 religious communities of women in the United States.

They take strong exception to the claims that the signatories of the letter to Congress represented Catholic women religious in the United States concerning this life or death issue. Speaking on behalf of their nuns and sisters they issued the following clear defense of the Bishops and opposition to the Legislation:

********************

March 17, 2010
 
In a March 15th statement, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, of Chicago, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke on behalf of the United States Bishops in opposition to the Senate´s version of the health care legislation under consideration because of its expansion of abortion funding and its lack of adequate provision for conscience protection.

Recent statements from groups like Network, the Catholic Health Association and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) directly oppose the Catholic Church´s position on critical issues of health care reform.

The Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, the second conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious in the United States, believes the Bishops´ position is the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church.
 
Protection of life and freedom of conscience are central to morally responsible judgment.  We join the bishops in seeking ethically sound legislation.

Mother Mary Quentin Sheridan, R.S.M.
President
On behalf of the Membership of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious


 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2015 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for February 2016
Universal:
That prisoners, especially the young, may be able to rebuild lives of dignity.
Evangelization: That married people who are separated may find welcome and support in the Christian community.



Comments


More Vocations

Superheroes are real! Sometimes they wear habits! Nun saves man from falling tree. Watch

Image of Thank God for these sisters! The world is indebted to you for your prayerful service. Although they live quietly, these are the good people without whom no civilization or city could stand.

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Superheroes are real, and sometimes they wear habits! According to police, a 74-year old man was saved from a falling tree by a mysterious nun. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to police in Wrentham, Massachusetts, a 74-year old man was cutting down a tree ... continue reading


Nun's habit is 'a sign of the love of God and that this life is not all there is' Watch

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

As Pope Francis' year dedicated to consecrated life ends, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a "visible sign" that God exists and loves every person. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News). - Though the official Year for Consecrated Life ... continue reading


Pope Francis' important message on the 'vocations crisis' at the end of the Year of Consecrated Life Watch

Image of Pope Francis speaks on the Year for Consecrated Life (AP).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis concluded the Year for Consecrated Life before a crowd of thousands in the Paul VI hall on Monday. During the conclusion, Pope Francis spoke of obedience, the importance of reaching out to Christians and non-Christians alike and concluded with talks of ... continue reading


Vocations on the rise: Two Capuchin Franciscan priests ordained in Abu Dhabi Watch

Image of Catholics in Southern Arabia last week gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.

By Antonio Anup Gonsalves, CNA/EWTN News

Catholics in Southern Arabia last week gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (CNA/EWTN News) - Fr. Darick Paul D'Souza and ... continue reading


What is the one tragic thing keeping graduates from their vocations? Watch

Image of

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

New graduates have become so indebted to private banks, the government and other sources of money after borrowing enough to pay for their education. Now crippled in debt, many are turned away from the vocations they are called to as they are unable to pay their debts ... continue reading


Late-vocational priest shares story of entering the priesthood Watch

Image of Reverend Thomas Woodhouse answered the call to join the priesthood following years of gentle prodding.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Despite attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and joining the U.S. Marine Corps, Thomas Woodhouse was welcomed as a new priest at the Saint Patrick Church in Cumberland, MD despite his late answer to the call. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "The journey ... continue reading


Orlando Bishop strikes amazing movement to inspire Hispanic Catholics into vocations Watch

Image of Orlando Bishop John Noonan presented a vocation workshop at the Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York (CNS/Gregory A. Shemitz).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Bishop John Noonan spoke on the first of a two-day Hispanic vocations workshop sponsored by the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors at a Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, New York on October 29. Noonan spoke of the high number of Hispanics ... continue reading


'What about you?': Pope Francis' Philadelphia homily calls on religious to inspire vocations Watch

Image of Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

By Kenya Sinclair (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

During Pope Francis' U.S. tour, he led mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Though each U.S. mass the pontiff held was touching, it was this homily that stood out among the others with a focus on the words "What about you?" LOS ... continue reading


Napa Institute: Where Leaders Turn for Formation

Image of (Napa Institute/Facebook)

By Caitlin Bootsma

Many of us benefit from the example and outreach of men and women who are leaders in our Catholic faith. These faithful servants help propel our knowledge and love of the Lord, be it through their witness, their virtue, the ministries they run or-in the case of ... continue reading


'You trust in the Lord, and you trust where he's leading you.' Want more religious vocations? Improve your family life, nun says

Image of

By Ann Schneible, CNA/EWTN News

As the Church brings the needs of the family to the forefront with the upcoming Synod this fall, one Dominican sister says it is no surprise that Pope Francis should also dedicate this year to the consecrated life. Rome, Italy, May 18, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN ... continue reading


All Vocations News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 58:1-9
1 Shout for all you are worth, do not hold back, raise your voice like a ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 51:3-4, 5-6, 18-19
3 For I am well aware of my offences, my sin is constantly in ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 9:14-15
14 Then John's disciples came to him and said, 'Why is it that we and the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for February 12th, 2016 Image

St. Buonfiglio Monaldo
February 12: He was one of seven Florentines who had joined ... Read More