Monday, April 15, 2013

Vatican Reaffirms CDF's Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR/A Major Disappointment/Take Action to Support the Sisters

LCWR Statement on Meeting with CDF

On April 15, 2013 Sister Florence Deacon, OSF, LCWR president; Sister Carol Zinn, SSJ, LCWR president-elect; and Sister Janet Mock, CSJ, LCWR executive director; met with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF); Archbishop Luis Ladaria, secretary of CDF; and other members of the CDF dicastery. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain was also present.
The LCWR officers reviewed the activities of this past year since receiving the report of CDF’s doctrinal assessment of LCWR in April 2012.
In his opening remarks, Archbishop Müller informed the group that he had met with Pope Francis who "reaffirmed the findings of the assessment and the program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors".
The conversation was open and frank. We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the Church.
Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Associate Director for Communications

Bridget Mary's Response
This is a big disappointment and a setback for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
It is time for the nuns to move ahead and declare independence from Vatican control. Below is a letter from the Women's Ordination Conference suggesting a letter writing campaign to proclaim our solidarity with the Sisters. It is a call to action for justice. 
Bridget Mary Meehan, arcwp

Dear Bridget,   

As you may have heard, almost exactly one year after the Vatican released its unjust mandate attacking the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), Pope Francis has reaffirmed the critique, which found LCWR had "serious doctrinal problems," exposed "radical feminist themes," and needed to be reformed.

LCWR released a statement on Monday's meeting between their leadership and Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: "We pray that these conversations may bear fruit for the good of the Church." 

We too pray for the good of the Church and ask that you make your support of the sisters heard. Consider writing a letter to the editor of your local newspapers, and writing to the U.S. bishops who are involved in carrying out the mandate against the sisters. Download sample letters and talking points here. 
During this time of renewal in our Church, let us remind Pope Francis and the bishops that we stand with the sisters. Let us pray for constructive dialogue and respect.  





Kate Conmy

Membership Director



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