LCWR

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.

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.

July 5, 2007 -- LCWR and CMSM Call for Immigration Policy Reform

[July 5, 2007] In the name of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, we express deep regret that the Congress has failed to approve comprehensive immigration reform legislation. The status quo is morally unacceptable, as millions of immigrants are relegated again to the shadows in our nation.

July 23, 2006 -- LCWR Calls for Ceasefire in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, a national organization of 850 leaders of communities of Catholic sisters calls for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire by the Israeli army and the Hezbollah militia currently engaged in violent combat in Lebanon, Israel and Gaza.

19 de Abril, 2006 -- La Conferencia de Liderazgo de Religiosas exige una Reforma de la Política Inmigratoria

La Junta Nacional de la Conferencia de Liderazgo de Religiosas (LCWR) se une con las comunidades inmigratorias, obispos Católicos y otras organizaciones que urgen a los miembros del Senado para que se adopten una reforma amplia de la inmigración  cuando se regresen a Washington. Mientras que se reconocen la necesidad para una aplicación más efectiva de la ley, LCWR insiste que lo que es necesario es una solución amplia a la crisis de inmigración, una que reconoce la dignidad humana y los derechos de todas las personas.

April 19, 2006 -- LCWR National Board Calls for Comprehensive Immigration Policy Reform

[April 19, 2006] The National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) stands in solidarity with immigrant sisters and brothers who seek comprehensive immigration reform in this country.  As a member of the Justice for Immigrants Campaign of the USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Bishops), LCWR promotes legislation that includes family reunification, a path to earned legalization, worker protections and an effective border policy that is humane rather than punitive.

August 29, 2005 -- LCWR Statement on Opposition to War in Iraq and Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) publicly declares opposition to the ongoing war in Iraq, with its daily escalating death toll, and to proliferation of nuclear weapons. LCWR members, who gathered in assembly in Anaheim, California, August 19 -22, 2005, represent approximately 70,000 women religious in the United States.

April 2, 2005: LCWR-CMSM Statement on Death of Pope John Paul II

[April 3, 2005] Rome - The Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men express sorrow at the death of Pope John Paul II. His untiring service to the Catholic Church and the world will long be appreciated.

April 19, 2005 -- LCWR Statement on Election of Pope Benedict XVI

[Silver Spring, Maryland]  The Leadership Conference of Women Religious offers its prayer and blessings for the new pope as he assumes the leadership of the Catholic Church. We hope that like his predecessor, he will be a courageous advocate for peace, an unwavering champion of the oppressed and an untiring voice for the protection of the rights of all persons.

February 16, 2005: LCWR Statement on the Assasination of Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN in Brazil

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is deeply saddened and profoundly disturbed by the brutal assassination of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN on February 12, 2005 outside Anapau, Brazil.  This unconscionable act ended the life of a woman who had dedicated the last forty years of her life to advocacy for the poor and the forgotten peoples of the Amazon rainforest.

May 7, 2004: LCWR Statement on the Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners

[May 7, 2004] The Leadership Conference of Women Religious joins its voice with other faith-based organizations and human rights groups in expressing our abhorrence and shame at the abuse perpetrated on Iraqi prisoners by some members of the US military.  These inexcusable atrocities violate our common humanity.

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