Academic journal article Theological Studies

Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Presidential Addresses from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Academic journal article Theological Studies

Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Presidential Addresses from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Spiritual Leadership for Challenging Times: Presidential Addresses from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Edited by Annmarie Sanders, I.H.M. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2014. Pp. x +150. $20.

Through this collection, Sanders gives us a rare opportunity to hear directly from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) about their communal self-understanding, their Christ-centered spiritual and theological grounding, and their faithful discipleship role in the post-Vatican II Catholic Church they love, a Church decidedly in and for the world. By way of the ten addresses selected for this volume, S. reveals the arc of LCWR's development trajectory since its founding in 1956 at the behest of Pope Pius XII. Each address is introduced by the critical ecclesial, national, and international contexts in which it was written, while the preface, introduction, and epilogue provide the important context for the book's project.

That context is the wake of the 2012 mandate imposed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, during which much was written in the media about LCWR with no direct response or correction by the conference, even to the most spurious and outrageous claims and characterizations. After spending time with this collection, LCWR's choice not to respond is understandable and, in fact, admirable. …

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