Sister Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J. is a prominent Catholic theologian whose book Quest for a Living God was criticized by a committee of American Bishops for not toeing the Vatican line. I would ordinarily regard this as a description and not a criticism, but in this case there is substantial evidence that the Bishops misread the book, criticized positions she did not take, disagreed with positions she did take that are consistent with the Catholic catechism, claimed that she had undermined the Gospel (anyone who has read any of her books would find this claim implausible) and otherwise engaged in careless analysis. Indeed, the analysis was so poor that Commonweal editor Grant Gallicho was prompted to write a post in which he wondered whether the doctrinal committee had even read the book! See here. As is so often with censorial criticism, purchases of the book significantly increased.
Recently, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the umbrella organization for most of the 50,000 Catholic nuns in the U.S. decided to given Johnson an award for her book. As an apparent part of its campaign to clamp down on Catholic nuns (a campaign Pope Francis has not visibly interrupted), the Vatican through Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith criticized LCWR for its decision to honor Johnson. Well last week, Sister Johnson accepted the award and gave a wonderfully perceptive speech that is well worth reading for its substance and for insight as to why she is so special. Here is the link to her speech: http://www.religionnews.com/2014/08/17/let-female-speculate-full-text-sister-elizabeth-johnsons-talk-lcwr/
For further commentary by Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, see https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/blog/lcwr-assembly-elizabeth-johnson-speaks-her-mind