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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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Public Statements

LCWR occasionally issues public statements as a way of using the corporate voice of women religious leaders to advocate against poverty, racism, powerlessness or any other form of violence or oppression. For further information on the statements on this site, contact the LCWR director of communications, Annmarie Sanders, IHM at asanders@lcwr.org.

Leaders of Religious Congregations Welcome Pope’s Call to Action

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious
(LCWR), representing the leaders of the Catholic religious congregations in the United States welcome
the Holy Father’s call to embrace our moral responsibility to care for one another by caring for all of
God’s creation. Men and women religious have a long history of standing with those most in need;
today that includes those who suffer the consequences of environmental degradation and the
destruction of God’s creation.

Report of the Vatican's Apostolic Visitation of US Women Religious

Mother M. Clare Millea, ASCJ; Sister Sharon Holland, IHM; Pope Francis; Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV prior to press conference

A PDF copy of the final report of the Vatican's Congregation for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on the apostolic visitation of US women religious may be found below, as well as the text of the remarks made during the press conference.

LCWR's response to the report is also available here.

 

These are links to interviews recorded prior to the December 16 press conference:

Canonization of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious rejoices with Catholics throughout the world as we anticipate the canonizations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II.

Both men are outstanding examples of selfless devotion to the Gospel and tireless labor to make the Catholic Church a beacon of hope and light for a world in need of both.

LCWR Calls on the House to Take Up Immigration Reform

Today the Leadership Conference of Women Religious sent a letter to all 435 members of the House of Representatives urging them to take up immigration reform— now!  We are asking that the house pass legislation that honors the values upon which our nation was built; includes a reasonable roadmap to citizenship; prioritizes family unity; protects the rights of all; promotes the integration of new Americans; and addresses the poverty and violence that force migrants from their homes. See below for a copy of the letter.

LCWR Statement on US Action in Syria

[Silver Spring, MD]  We, the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, are compelled to work toward a world where reverence for all living beings finds expression in an approach to life free from violence. We stand in solidarity with the victims of violence everywhere, with a majority of the American people, and with the leaders of our Catholic Church as we heed the Gospel call to peace, reconciliation, and universal love.

LCWR Welcomes Senate Passage of Immigration Reform Legislation

Senate Immigration Bill Passes with Bipartisan Support

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the passage of S. 744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. While S. 744 as it now stands is far from perfect, it retains the spirit of our core principles for comprehensive immigration reform that is compassionate and just.

LCWR Statement on the Immigration Modernization Act

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the release of S-744, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013  and thanks  Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ)  for their efforts to craft bi-partisan legislation  to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

LCWR Statement on Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) thanks Pope Benedict XVI for his many years of tireless service to the Catholic Church and for the contributions he has made as a theologian, as the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as pope. We respect his integrity in making what must have been a difficult decision to resign and promise him our prayer as he prepares to leave the papacy.  May he be richly blessed for his profound dedication to the service of the Gospel.

LCWR Statement on Immigration Proposals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) welcomes the release of the bipartisan proposal by Senators Schumer (D-NY), McCain (R-AZ), Durbin (D-IL), Graham (R-SC), Menendez (D-NJ), Rubio (R-FL),Bennet (D-CO) and Flake (R-AZ) and President Obama’s pledge to work with Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

Ruling on Immigration Gets Mixed Reviews from LCWR and CMSM

[Silver Spring, MD] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) appreciated that the Supreme Court struck down three of the four most controversial provisions of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070.  In its 5-3 ruling the court rightly held as unconstitutional provisions of the Arizona law which would have:

LCWR Board to Discuss CDF Assessment

The national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet May 29 - June 1, 2012 to begin its discussion of the conclusions of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s doctrinal assessment and the implementation plan put forth by that Vatican office. The board will conduct its meeting in an atmosphere of prayer, contemplation and dialogue and will develop a plan to involve LCWR membership in similar processes. The conference plans to move slowly, not rushing to judgment. We will engage in dialogue where possible and be open to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

LCWR Statement from Presidency on CDF Doctrinal Assessment

Vatican

April 19, 2012

[Silver Spring, Maryland] The presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was stunned by the conclusion of the doctrinal assessment of LCWR by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. We had received a letter from the CDF prefect in early March informing us that we would hear the results of the doctrinal assessment at our annual meeting; however, we were taken by surprise by the gravity of the mandate. 

Statement on White House Resolution on Healthcare Coverage and Conscience Protection

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is grateful that President Obama and the administration listened to the concerns raised about providing effective healthcare coverage in a way that respects and honors the conscience rights of religious institutions. We believe the resolution the President made is a fair and helpful way for us to move forward.

August 12, 2011 - LCWR Calls for Civil Discourse that Promotes the Common Good

In light of the serious issues facing the United States at this time, approximately 650 members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious issued a public statement imploring the country to work for the common good.

January 13, 2011 -- LCWR and CMSM Statement on Tragedy in Tucson

[Silver Spring, Maryland] Mary Hughes, OP, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and Thomas P. Cassidy, SCJ, president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, released the following statement following the tragic events of January 8, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona:

May 11, 2010 -- LCWR y CMSM Declaración sobre la reforma migratoria

Respondiendo al fracaso de una Reforma Migratoria Integral en el verano de 2007, los directores ejecutivos de la Conferencia de Superiores Mayores de Hombres (CMSM) y la Conferencia de Liderazgo de Mujeres Religiosas (LCWR) comunicaron en una declaración conjunta: 

“El status quo es moralmente inaceptable, ya que millones de inmigrantes son relegados de nuevo a la sombra en nuestra nación.”

May 11, 2010 -- LCWR and CMSM Statement on Immigration Reform

In response to the failure of Comprehensive Immigration Reform in the summer of 2007, the executive directors of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) said in a  joint statement:  

“The status quo is morally unacceptable, as millions of immigrants are relegated again to the shadows in our nation.”

April 29, 2010 -- LCWR Presidency Statement Opposing Arizona Immigration Reform

[Silver Spring, MD]  We, the presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, express our opposition to the enactment and implementation of Arizona SB1070 which criminalizes undocumented immigrants. It is unthinkable to us that in this country a state legislature and governor would give law enforcement officers power to detain and arrest individuals based on the color of their skin or manner of dress or of speaking.

August, 2009 - LCWR Statement on Health Care Reform

The Presidency and National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious adds its voice to those of the US Conference of Catholic bishops and Catholic Health Association in their support for comprehensive health care reform.  

April 23, 2009 -- LCWR Officers Statement on Doctrinal Assessment of LCWR

[Rome, Italy] April 23, 2009- As leaders representing the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, we are very aware that it is our responsibility to be faithful to the conference’s mission and goals. Thus our first responsibility is to represent our members, nearly 1500 leaders of institutes of Catholic sisters, with honesty, integrity, and transparency.

February 20, 2009 -- LCWR National Board's Statement on the Vatican's Apostolic Visitation

[February 20, 2009] The members of the national board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, along with the conference’s members, await further information from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life on the recently announced visitation of US women religious. The planned visitation comes as a surprise to the conference and its purpose and implications for the lives of US women religious remain unclear.

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