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Leadership Conference of Women Religious

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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.

March 7, 2004: CMSM/LCWR Decry US Landmine Policy

A Statement of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men

On February 27, 2004 the United States took a huge step backwards in foreign policy when the Bush Administration announced a new US landmine policy, abandoning any commitment to ratify the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty, maintaining the right for the US to use what are referred to as “smart” landmines, and stating that it would maintain the stockpile of older landmines until 2010.

October 29, 2003: Letter to President Bush by CMSM and LCWR U.S. policy toward Cuba

Dear President Bush,

Recently you announced that your Administration will pursue a tougher policy toward Cubain an effort to support the dissident community there and to force changes in the Castro government.

October 29, 2003: Letter to Prime Minister Blair and President Bush by CMSM, LCWR and CREW Human Rights for all Iraqi citizens

Dear Prime Minister Blair and President Bush,

We represent the thousands of Catholic women and men religious in England, Wales, and the United States who are deeply committed to seeking peace and justice, especially for the most vulnerable in our world.  Our members are very concerned about the future of Iraq and the Iraqi people.  For many months now we have been calling for an end to the violence in Iraq and the participation by the international community in leading reconstruction efforts and stabilizing the Iraqi society.

September 2003: Statement of Iraq Decries violence in Iraq

(Silver Spring, MD) The Leadership Conference of Women Religious recently issued a statement to President George Bush, members of his Cabinet and members of Congress decrying the continuing tragic loss of life in Iraq.

March 20, 2003: Letter to President Bush To immediately cease all US aggression against the people of Iraq

Dear President Bush:

We, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the United States, are deeply saddened that our country has made a preemptive strike against the people of Iraq.

We grieve the senseless loss of life of Iraqi citizens and of our own young men and women in military service.  We hold a deep belief that each person is made in the image of God.  To do harm to another diminishes us as persons and offends the God who loves us.

As members of the community of nations, we are ashamed that our country has ignored the pleas of our world neighbors

March 18, 2003: Public Statement by LCWR Executive Committee Against military action in Iraq

March 18, 2003

We, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious of the United States, are deeply saddened that our country has made a preemptive strike against the people of Iraq.

We grieve the senseless loss of life of Iraqi citizens and of our own young men and women in military service.  We hold a deep belief that each person is made in the image of God.  To do harm to another diminishes us as persons and offends the God who loves us.

As members of the community of nations, we are ashamed that our country has ignored the pleas of our world neighbors

January 28, 2003: Letters to President Bush by LCWR Executive Committee to use peaceful means to resolve the dispute with Iraq

Dear President Bush:

We as women religious are living with you these times that challenge our courage and our hope.  We believe that we are part of a world community and all people are our brothers and sisters.  We believe, with the founders of our country, the value that you affirmed on January 19, 2003:  “Every human being is endowed with certain unalienable [sic] rights, the most important being the right to life until its natural end.”  We believe that war is not the way to peace; war is the ultimate terrorism that destroys the human family. 

October 17, 2002: Joint Letter by CMSM and LCWR Letter to President George W. Bush

Dear Mr. President,

In light of Congress’ passage of the resolution giving you extraordinary power in decision-making, we urge you not to order a pre-emptive strike against Iraq. Such a strike would not be defensive in response to an attack, but would be based on the fear of the possibility of an attack on the United States or on others. It would in fact be an unprovoked initiation of a war, contrary to international law and religious ethics.

August 24, 2002: Statement by LCWR National Board on Sexual Abuse

We continue to hear with profound sorrow of the sexual abuse of children and adolescents perpetrated by those who were called to minister faithfully to them.

As the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), representing 76,000 sisters in the United States, we are determined to be agents of healing and reconciliation in our church and society.  

May 19, 2002 : CMSM and LCWR -- Peace in the Middle East

“On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where Jesus’ friends had gathered because they were afraid, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 
John 20:19

To Our Brothers and Sisters Gathered in Jerusalem on Pentecost,

April 5, 2002 : Joint Letter by CMSM and LCWR -- Violence in the Holy Land

Your Beatitude,

On behalf of the women and men religious of the United States we are writing to you at this time of great tragedy and trial in your region.  We have received your appeals and the reports that come not only from your office but also from others who are eyewitnesses to the effects of the violence and terror in the Holy Land.

April 4, 2002 : CMSM and LCWR Letter to President George W. Bush regarding Violence in the Holy Land

Dear Mr. President,

It is with great sadness and shock that we write to you as the news of the escalating violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories continues to be reported while it seems that the United States is doing very little to exert pressure on both sides to end the violence, especially the violence directed at civilian populations and civilian institutions.

February 20, 2002 : LCWR Letter to the Catholic Bishops of the United States on matters of defense and peacemaking

To the Catholic Bishops of the United States:

We write to you, the pastors, teachers, and moral leaders of the church in the United States, as the National Board of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.  We applaud your efforts to reflect on the church’s teachings concerning the defense of human dignity and the conditions for the pursuit of a just war.  In the evolving conditions of the present response to terrorism, however, we perceive a need for further guidance and clarification on matters of defense and the call to peacemaking.

September 18, 2001: LCWR Letter to Congress

Dear Member of Congress:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) represents over 70,000 U.S. Catholic sisters. As leaders of the LCWR, we express, on behalf of all our members, both sorrow and anger at the wanton destruction of human life resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We pray and mourn with those who lost loved ones and friends and offer prayers of healing for those who suffered injury. We offer condolences and prayerful support to the families whose lives are shattered and forever changed by the violence of these past days. 

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