It’s anybody’s guess how Pope Francis will handle one problem he inherits – a severe Vatican crackdown on the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) under Pope Benedict XVI that turned out to be a PR disaster for the hierarchy. The general public poured out much support for the sisters, and the Vatican came in for a lot of criticism.
Some look hopefully to Pope Francis’ “abrupt change in style” as a sign he’ll take another course. Others recall that as a superior general of the Jesuits forty years ago, he took a quite traditional view of religious discipline.
Asked about the Vatican-LCWR problem, Cardinal Dolan gave hope that Francis might bring a change of course:
We’re on this journey together. We can speak openly to one another. We both have things to learn. We both have changes we need to make and let’s serve one another best by being trusting and charitable yet honest to one another.
But Cardinal George, on the other hand, said he didn’t expect any major shift in the process.
Read the AP story here.