After meeting with the leaders of the Leadership Conference on Women Religious (LCWR) on Tuesday, the chief of the Vatican's doctrine police, Cardinal William Levada, told John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter that there was "a risk of a 'dialogue of the deaf'"--which means, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, "a discussion in which each party is unresponsive to what the others say."
His Eminence went on to make it pretty clear how he thought the LCWR is being unresponsive to what Rome has said.
Specifically, Levada cited publication of an interview with Fr. Charles Curran, a moral theologian censured by the Vatican in the 1980s for his views on sexual morality, in a recent issue of the group's Occasional Papers as well as decisions to invite Barbara Marx Hubbard, often described as a "New Age leader," to address the upcoming August assembly meeting and to bestow an award on Immaculate Heart Sr. Sandra Schneiders, another theologian sometimes critical of Vatican policies.
But what about the other dialogic partner? How is the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith failing to hear the LCWR's reply? Allen didn't ask and Levada didn't say.