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Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Womens Religious Communities by Ann Carey

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Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities

Ann Carey. Fifty years ago, nearly religious sisters worked in Catholic schools, hospitals and other institutions throughout the United States. American Catholics honored these women of faith who founded and built these flourishing works of mercy. Then came the ideological shifts and moral upheavals of the s, and ever since most women's orders in the United States have been in a state of crisis. Now the sisters are aging, with fewer and fewer younger women to take their place. Perhaps related to this demographic shift is the continuing doctrinal confusion that has come under the scrutiny of the Vatican. Using the archival records of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and other prominent groups of sisters, journalist and author Ann Carey shows how feminist activists unraveled American women's religious communities from their leadership positions in national organizations and large congregations.

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Review - Sisters in Crisis:. Review by Albert DiIanni, SM S erious observers from the whole political spectrum are responding with alarm to the decline in vocations and to the advanced average age in the seventies of major United States religious congregations of women. Though they understand that we live in a radically changed world, they wonder whether religious themselves must not take partial responsibility for the severity of the decline. They question whether some congregations have not interpreted the documents of Vatican Council II too broadly and identified too strongly with certain sociopolitical and psychological ideologies of modern society. Ann Carey, a laywoman and journalist, herself educated by religious sisters, now adds her voice to the call for a reform of the renewal. She has long been interested in the renewal of religious congregations of women and has published on this topic.

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  1. Basically, what happened is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith CDF , which is the body at the Vatican that is charged with protecting the soundness of Catholic teaching, issued a report concerning a doctrinal assessment that had been done Leadership Conference of Women Religious LCWR , which is the largest body for women religious in the US.

  2. Then came the ideological shifts and moral upheavals of the s, and ever since, most women's orders in the United States have been in a state of crisis.

  3. Ann Carey does a marvelous, unbiased, and compassionate job in researching this book. She talks with many sisters all over the country and goes into a lot of.

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