While Pope Francis’ time at the Vatican has been marked by a powerful shift in tone and policy, the Church hierarchy’s relationship to Catholic women and women religious has remained notably unchanged. The recent assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious – which was placed under the strict supervision of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2012 – largely downplayed the struggles in this relationship – with one notable exception. This week, Welton will talk with writer and scholar Patricia Miller about Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s powerful critique of the Catholic hierarchy at this year’s LCWR convention.

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