This whole long situation has demonstrated that LCWR's contemplative, communal way of leadership and decision-making actually WORKS, not only in nuns' communities but even in hostile hierarchical confrontations.
As the NY Times says: LCWR leaders "insisted all along that the accusations were unfounded and that the Vatican simply did not understand the culture and process of American women’s religious orders, many of which emphasize open discussion and communal decision-making.
"They decided that rather than take a confrontational approach, they would engage in rigorous dialogue with Archbishop Sartain and the other overseers, using the same process the sisters employ among themselves to settle disagreements and make decisions."
LCWR quietly, bravely, with absolute persistence "endured betrayal and met it with love" in the center of power of the Catholic Church. They came in peace and integrity. They invited peace and integrity into the resolution. Something shifted. Once shifted, things never go back exactly as they were.
As Margaret Mead said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
The more of us who learn how to do this, the more transformation can enter our world. This is the Paschal Mystery, the lived way of the cross, the lived resurrection.
Next stop, your workplace? Your family? Your neighborhood group? The Defense Department?