Fr. Bacik’s September Reflections on the conflict between the Vatican and the LCRW.

Fr. Bacik discusses the conflict between the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  He looks to the wisdom of American Catholic theologian John Courtney Murray S.J. as a way to deal with this conflict.

download September 2012 Reflections




  1. THANKS for your September Reflections! Good timing, especially with Bev Bingle’s ordination to the diaconate!
    Thanks also for your presentations at Sylvania Franciscan Village!

  2. Amen. It almost makes me want to be a nun! I am not Christian enough to speak so kindly and to embrace opposition that is not Christian enough either but philosophy and theology help me understand other views and their histories. Good article and I will email it to several in my family.

  3. Thanks Jim- I had forgotten about the roots of a very authoritative ecclesial posture. Happily vatican II – with great wisdom- delved more deeply into the wisdom of the Spirit- and paved the way to the 21st century with more education and shared wisdom. The great sadness for me is the movement backward . The institutional church is again closing in on itself in a suffacatng manner. The LCWR is to be followed carefully. What happens to the faithful in the pew who rely on their Sunday experience to understand what is happening? We need to think out of the box – create additional and newer ways of learning – and seek “risk” as normative . Keep the “Reflections” going…..Joan

  4. Marguerite Lamberjack

    Thanks for writing about LCWR and Vatican. Your insight is very clear and helps us
    keep in focus.
    Thanks, Hope to see you sometime soon.

  5. Glad to see Reflections again.


  6. There is no Possibility of turning back The phoenix is rising out of the ashes of control and domination into a Community of true Freedom, Love, and Service. Thank you Jim for offering truth and hope.

  7. Thank you so much for always helping me to have a better understanding of current issues in our church. I am looking forward to your lecture in a couple weeks.