Dominicans, Province of St. Albert the Great
The call for evangelical equality evoked by Vatican II twenty years ago struck a responsive chord among American religious. As pre-Vatican II Catholics, we had lived in a church whose theology, structure, and discipline had been virtually monolithic for nearly four hundred years. Thus, the immediate and challenging appeal of the People of God image was, for religious, exceptionally striking, especially when contrasted with our previously held belief in the Church as an unchanging, hierarchical institution.
Schneiders, Sandra Marie “Evangelical Equality: Religious Consecration, Mission, and Witness.” Spirituality Today 39 (Spring 1987): 56-67.