Update: On April 16, 2015, the CDF removed the unjust mandate on the LCWR. NunJustice issued this press release in celebration of the event. This article from the NCR “Global Sisters Report” shows the LCWR leadership meeting with Pope Francis and contains a link to the full report issued together by the CDF and LCWR.
Update: The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests (AUSCP) has now joined with many other Catholics to support the sisters of LCWR. Read their letter here.
Join with thousands of others in asking the Pope to removed the unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The recent comments of Cardinal Gerhard Muller on LCWR and respected theologian Dr. Elizabeth Johnson in April are a prime example of how the Vatican misuses authority to diminish the voice of women. Pope Francis has said that he wants to see increased opportunities for women leadership – let’s urge him to let the sisters lead! Sign now!
The American Catholic Council played an active role in the NunJustice Project, a project sponsored by a coalition of COR organization.
On April 18, 2012, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an umbrella group that represents more than 80 percent of the 57,000 women religious in the United States. Many of the faithful were outraged by this assault against the work and integrity of the sisters. Through NunJustice, over 60,000 signatures were gathered on a petition of protest that was personally delivered by several coalition members to the USCCB at their biannual meeting in June, 2012. Many demonstrations, vigils, and prayer services were held throughout that spring, in addition to an active letter writing campaign.
At Christmas, a new project involved sending Christmas cards to the Papal Nuncio and bishops, continuing the support of the sisters.
Presently, it is hoped that the investigation will be dropped. NunJustice Project remains ongoing until the sisters are cleared of any charges.
Please visit the website for a timeline of events and downloadable activities.
This page documents ACC’s collaboration with other reform organizations in efforts to resist the Vatican’s crackdown on the LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious)