I just received an phonecall from Sr. Anne Marie, the Director of Communications  for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. I asked her to clarify her organizations membership numbers, Sister then told me that 90% of the 1500 religious superiors in the United States are members of the group, representing 59,000 female religious.

I did ask if 59,000 female religious were also members of the LCWR. It seems that only the religious superiors are members of the organization. My question remains unanswered…are the 59,000 other female religious active and participating members or what exactly is their status?

Sister was quite elusive regarding the organizations support of the health care bill,saying that the President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had signed the letter in support of the proposed legislation. When asked if the organization’s President had endorsed the Bill as head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Sr. Anne Marie never really answered the question with a Yea or neigh.

Therefore, in pursuit of the correct understanding of my conversation with Sr. Anne Marie before she hung up and ended our conversaation the following might be concluded:

a. The President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious signed the endorsement letter for the proposed Health Care Bill.

b. Sister Anne Marie indicated that the President’s (of their organization) was neither the position of the LCWR to endorse or disagree with the provisions of the proposed Bill.

c. When asked if the LCWR was in agreement with the position of the USCCB, Sister neither confirmed or negated their organizations affirmation of the USCCB.

d. Then….dial tone…..

So from this development, the LCWR neither confirmed or denied their position on the proposed Health Care Bill making its way through the Congressional Hopper…

The LCWR neither confirmed or denied their support of the position of the USCCB on the need to not support the proposed Health Care Bill.

There you have it….

If you want to know what the Leadership Conference of Women Religious believes about the proposed legislation pending in the U.S. Congress, give her a call at 301-588-4955, or send her an email asanders@lcwr for a clarification of her organizations position on the ratification of the proposed health care legislation. Perhaps you will have a greater success in the pursuit of answers to your questions.

Hugh J.McNichol is a Catholic author and journalist writing on Catholic topics and issues. He attended Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, where he studied both philosophy and theology. He writes frequently at http://verbumcarofactumest.blogspot.com & http://nothing-left-unsaid.blogspot.com . Hugh writes about his Irish Catholic upbringing and educational experiences at http://graysferrygrapevine.blogspot.com . He has contributed works to Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, The Irish Catholic, Dublin, the British Broadcasting Company, London and the Philadelphia Bulletin, Catholic Exchange, Pewsitter.com, Blogger News Network & The Catholic Business Journal and CatholicMom.com. Comments are always welcome at hjmn4566@gmail.com.

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