LCWR Board Discernment Defends Due Process Rights of All Catholics
FutureChurch applauds the Board of the Leadership Conference for Women Religious* for its courage in identifying that the Vatican's Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith's (CDF) process was flawed and lacking in transparency and that the CDF has imposed disproportionate sanctions on them.
In citing the Vatican report as being “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency,” LCWR is setting a precedent for defending the due process rights of all Catholics, not only their own.
The Vatican’s unjust treatment of these women leaders, who have given their lives for the Church, has caused great pain and outrage for many faithful Catholics.
FutureChurch stands in solidarity with LCWR in demanding and expecting the right to fair and just treatment from Church officials for itself and for all Catholics. We join LCWR in their belief that it is imperative that such matters of faith and justice “be addressed by the entire church community in an atmosphere of openness, honesty, and integrity.”
FutureChurch calls on its members, indeed on all Catholics, to continue their outpouring of prayer and advocacy support as LCWR leadership journeys to Rome on June 12 and meets with their constituents over the summer.
*The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is an umbrella group representing 80% of the 57,000 nuns in the United States.
LCWR statement https://lcwr.org/media/news/lcwr-board-meets-review-cdf-report