There's another army - of women, many of them educators and many experienced in transforming their own congregations - who can carry this same message, and with tremendous credibility.
I'm ready to celebrate the glories of sisters! LCWR sisters have a much more wholistic way of being church than the Jesuits are highlighting so far. And LCWR sisters welcome us into solidarity in practicing church with them!
The headline I want now isn't just Nancy Pelosi's "The pope sounds like a nun" but rather "Sisters are still teachers: let's learn Francis' vision of church from what they already do."
Theologian Monika Hellwig said: "Sisters practice church for the church." And what do they practice? Sister Pat Farrell summarized it well: contemplation, community (which together become discernment), solidarity with people on the margins, nonviolence, prophetic life, and joyful hope.
Is there an easy way to collect and share existing opportunities to learn with sisters - retreat programs centered on the connection between Francis' vision of church and our daily lives - workshops or longer programs that let people learn and apply the practices above?
Is there an easy way to collect and share existing volunteer opportunities to work with people on the margins in the company of sisters?
Because here's the real point: the church Francis speaks of is the church I love and the church I want! And we don't need to reinvent new ways to become that church. LCWR sisters are already doing it, and they welcome us into solidarity with them so we can do it together. Doing it together, we can transform the church and the world. Pope Francis is opening the door. How can we engage more and more people in walking through it?