The bishops have taken nearly four years to plan their renovation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The new oversight and changes come without input from the Women Religious. The New York Times wrote yesterday:
The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” During the debate over the health care overhaul in 2010, American bishops came out in opposition to the health plan, but dozens of sisters, many of whom belong to the Leadership Conference, signed a statement supporting it — support that provided crucial cover for the Obama administration in the battle over health care.
Read National Catholic Reporter’s thorough coverage here.