Archbishop Sartain Responds; LCWR President Speaks

The USCCB has sent us the text of Archbishop Peter Sartain's response to the LCWR's statement this morning:

Archbishop Peter Sartain; June 1, 2012; Response to LCWR statement of this morning.


Both the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and I are wholeheartedly committed to dealing with the important issues raised by the Doctrinal Assessment and the LCWR Board in an atmosphere of openness, honesty, integrity and fidelity to the Church’s faith. I look forward to our next meeting in Rome in June as we continue to collaborate in promoting the important work of the LCWR for consecrated life in the United States. The Holy See and the Bishops of the United States are deeply proud of the historic and continuing contribution of women religious – a pride that has been echoed by many in recent weeks. Dramatic examples of this can be witnessed in the school system and in the network of Catholic hospitals established by sisters across America which are lasting contributions to the wellbeing of our country.

At the same time Patricia Farrell, OSF, president of the LCWR, spoke to NCR of the LCWR meeting that led to their statement: 

There was an overall mood of really serious, prayerful reflection, I would say -- a gamut of emotions of ups and downs.  But I would say that the major thing is that it was a real consolation for all of us to finally be together in one place and to be able to process some of the feelings around this, and to share some of the feelings and reactions we’ve received from women in our regions of LCWR and to finally be able to talk about that face to face. We’re all aware of the import and the seriousness of this.


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David Pasinski
5 years 9 months ago
"...openness, honesty, integrity,,," sounds like they want to try something they haven't done before.
David Pasinski
5 years 9 months ago
E. J. Dionne says it well. These religious women won't be cowed.
Not sure the hierarchy is used to that.

Will this be a tipping point?
ed gleason
5 years 9 months ago
Look for Franciscans to come down on the side of the religious women.. Just as Francis and Clare would have done.
david power
5 years 9 months ago
I always get suspicious when  people start to pile up the adjectives.
This all reveals the instinct for power that was always present in both sides and both sides have to pretend that all they want to do is spread the word of the Gospel.The nuns have an easier job than the Vatican on this score.
The Average age of everybody involved makes this look like a fight in a cemetry and should be handled with a little more class.
I am probably missing something and maybe it is consequential for what itmeans to the Jesuits and other religious orders who want to shake  off the leash of Rome .
It is icredible that all the Church can seem to do is stumble from crisis to crisis.The world is daily scandalized and yet it goes on.
Good luck and God bless to all of the nuns who have Jesus at heart.  
david power
5 years 9 months ago
That should be descriptive nouns ,sorry!
Bob Riler
5 years 9 months ago
Sounds like a peachy idea.  But why meet in Rome?  Is the pasta really that good?  How about an urban soup kitchen?  Meet where theology meets the real world, not in the Disneyland of Vatican City.
5 years 7 months ago
Our beloved Archbiship appears as a bumper between the LCWR and the Vatican annointing both sides of the question.  Where is my hope? That the women prevail!


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