This sister can smell something afoul in the LCRW but she doesn't condemn all her sisters, just the smelly things that the LCWR promote which oppose the Magisterium and that's not everything!
I would have expected millions more to sign the petition! Who in their right mind wouldn't support the sisters who in their grassroots ministries and apostolate in pre-Vatican II and post-Vatican II time have done such good and have touched so many Catholics and others?
But who in the world has been touched by LCWR? Is this group a "religious order?" Have they taught our children?
Have they been in our parishes? No, LCWR is a professional organization, a "think tank" if you will that allows the various religious orders to network, share ideas, and communicate. It's an organization that is not above critique especially when it sets itself up as some kind of parallel magisterium, and proposes post-Catholic ideas as it concerns natural law, same sex marriage and women priests. This group is not above being critiqued and called to reform in the areas that need reform.
If we've learned anything from the sex abuse scandal it is that bishops have to have oversight over the Church beginning first with the clergy, then with consecrated life and ultimately with the laity since the clergy and religious life are called to build up the kingdom and seek members from the laity to serve the Church.
Our parish has a pastoral council, a finance council and a stewardship council. They are umbrella groups that represent the entire parish. But do they represent every single parishioner? Hell no! (I'm sorry for the hyperbole).
Does LCWR represent rank and file women religious in all things, especially pro-abortion politics, same sex marriage and women priests? Hell no! Give me that petition to sign supporting women religious. I suspect even Pope Benedict would sign it. But in reality, I couldn't care less about LCWR. If it were replaced by another group with better statutes, how many of the 70 million Catholics which about 20% go to Mass on Sunday would notice or even care?