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May 15, 2014

Supporters of the Leadership Conference of Women's Religious (LCWR) were saddened by the news that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had once again disrespectfully chastised the leaders of the LCWR.

The LCWR, an umbrella group representing 80% of the 57,000 nuns in the United States, remains under scrutiny from the Vatican's CDF.

In the spring of 2012, the CDF issued a statement accusing LCWR of promoting "radical feminist themes" and "corporate dissent," causing outrage among Catholics around the globe. On April 30, 2014, the Vatican chief of doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, accused U.S. nuns of not abiding to the harsh and unjust reform agenda imposed on them by the Vatican. In addition, the document personally attacked renowned theologian Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ.

The unjust mandate forced upon the nuns, which threatens their works of justice, is a prime example of how the hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church misuses its power to diminish the voice of women.

Catholics deeply value the prophetic witness of women religious and appreciate their commitment to social justice. The behavior that Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently exhibited toward the leaders of the LCWR and Dr. Elizabeth Johnson CSJ is deeply concerning. It is time to stop bullying Catholic women leaders. 

Help us urge the Vatican to continue the dialogue in a respectful manner.  Show them you support the nuns and their work.  Your outpouring of support has been powerful since the mandate was issued.  Let's make sure the nuns and the Vatican know we haven't forgotten the CDF's actions.

Actions you can take:

1. Sign the online petition asking Pope Francis to retract the mandate and apologize to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson


Download our letter, add your own comments and send it to Pope Francis.

2. Tweet Pope Francis @Pontifex "We stand with the Sisters!"

3. To help Pope Francis learn more about feminist theology, send him copy of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Consider Jesus, in Spanish.


Send Pope Francis a copy of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s book, Quest for the Living God, in Spanish.

Send to:
His Holiness, Pope Francis PP
00120 Via del Pellegrino
Cita Del Vaticano