Thursday, July 14, 2011

Religious community publicly backs embattled Sr. Elizabeth Johnson

(July 14, 2011)

The U.S. federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph publicly backed embattled member Elizabeth Johnson yesterday, whose book Quest for the Living God was sharply criticized by the U.S. bishops’ conference doctrine committee in April.
The public statement of support came as some 900 members of the order met in St. Louis for a once-every-five-year gathering to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the congregation in the United States. They also announced the completion of discussions by the order with a landmark hotel that led to an agreement to stem human trafficking.
“As we gather on this 175th anniversary … we stand with and for Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ … theologian, leader, scholar, researcher, teacher, author, speaker, colleague -- and most importantly, our sister,” reads the statement, which according to St. Joseph Sr. Joanne Gallagher was approved “by a standing ovation.” Gallagher spoke with NCR by phone July 14.

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This contrasts with the case of Maryknoll Fr. Roy Bourgois. whose crime was questioning the role of women in the church.

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