For all their talk about "discerning" their response to the "crackdown" by the Vatican, it really boils down to this:
"Should we convert to the Catholic Faith before we die?"
I'm sorry if that sounds harsh, but that is the reality.
We are all going to die. The Catholic Church is the sole means of salvation.*
I'm not predicting when they, or I, or you, or anyone are going to face the particular judgement. None of us are promised another day. That truth being said, when the formerly great religious orders these ladies represent have dwindled to a mere fraction of their former numbers, and when the average age of those left is pushing 70, it doesn't take an actuary to know which way the wind blows.
Will they return to the Catholic Faith before it's too late?
Judging by worldly standards, there are plenty of reasons not to do so. It's not like the Church has lately been rolling with great popularity from victory to victory. And it's not like the Church's own pastors show great confidence in Her either. Certainly there aren't many of them who have shown an interest in calling the sisters to conversion. And the history of the last five decades shows that those within these orders who struggled to keep the Catholic Faith were essentially left to their own devices by the leaders of the Church they loved.
And as long as the LCWR orders are solidly in the camp of the left wing of the political world, ready to undermine the interests of the Church by giving political cover to those who hate Her, they will receive full protection from the media and their fellow travelers in the Church. They will have full and free reign to continue to agitate for socialism politically, and to embrace whatever heresy floats their collective boat. They will be cheered as they continue to support government programs that violate the Natural Law, kill the most innocent, and undermine the very fabric of society. They can just go on wearing their comfortable shoes, linking arms in front of nuclear power plants, supporting sodomitical "unions", and living in their tidy apartments.
And, returning to demographic considerations, they can enjoy the benefits of the gravely immoral "healthcare" system they helped foist on the rest of us, over the bodies of the unborn and at the cost of the liberty of the Church. For you see, as their numbers dwindle and age, they would have faced a real difficulty in providing care for their sisters.
Spiritually healthy orders attract new and younger members. Catholic Charity provides for the care of their elders. But spiritually dead orders just die. And when I said that these ladies would "enjoy" the benefits of nationalized medicine, I should clarify that euthanasia for their aged and dying by a government that denies God is the last such "benefit" reaped.
The alternative is to return to the Catholic Faith, regardless of the cost.
It requires humility. But the comments made by LCWR leaders doesn't seem to exhibit any. Have you read any comment where they say anything remotely close to even this: "Though we don't agree on everything the Vatican said in its assessment, it does raise some valid points that we need to take to heart."?
No. All you hear of compromise or dialogue is geared toward trying to get the Church to change Her teachings to match their agenda, or at least to be left alone to feed on the Church's carcass. Real dialogue does not interest them. It implies they might change. No, the "dialogue" we see just fuels their dissent. If you give them anything, it is dialogue. If you ask anything, it is not dialogue-- they call it a crackdown. And then they ignore it, to the delight of the enemies of the Catholic Faith, both within and without the Church's visible structure.
So, no doubt, while these ladies live they can embrace heresy and easily win the political battle with a politically clueless Church. They are the ones who make it political, because politics is what they do, and without the faith it is all they have.
The alternative is to convert to Christ's Church.
Which will it be, ladies?
*(I'll skip the parsing and nuancing of this statement for another post).