FAN Statement on Leadership Conference of Women Religious Statement

LCWR LogoA few weeks ago I gave a personal reflection on what Catholic sisters have meant to me. And, more recently, I was in Colorado Springs and had the chance to spend some time with the Sisters of Saint Francis of Perpetual Adoration. It was wonderful to be able to pray, share and break bread with these wonderful women who have dedicated their lives to living the Gospel.

At the Franciscan Action Network we work very closely with sisters all over the country who feed the hungry, care for the sick and shelter the homeless — all the things that Jesus spoke of and commanded us to do. In Washington, we have worked in collaboration with Leadership Conference of Woman Religious (LCWR) on many issues. Sister Marie Lucey OSF, FAN’s Director of Advocacy and Member Relations, spent eight years working on advocacy at LCWR. I have never heard any sister say anything that goes against the teachings of Jesus. LCWR recently issued a statement on the Vatican’s investigation. We commend the sisters for their prayerful discernment and thoughtful response to the report issued by the Vatican.

We agree with LCWR’s statement that “it is imperative that these matters be addressed by the entire church community in an atmosphere of openness, honesty and integrity.” Jesus and the early Church lived out that dialogue as they built a strong community. Jesus says that if you are in conflict with another, the highest priority, even more than leaving a gift at the altar, is to “go first and be reconciled with your brother” (Mt 5:23-24). Our church is in need of open dialogue and a reconciling spirit if we are to remain rooted in love amidst a world full of polarization.

And in a world that continually needs to draw on the Christian commitment to healing and reconciliation, we need our sisters’ example of Gospel living – and we cherish the sisters’ shining example of how to live the Gospel and be the face of Jesus.

Patrick Carolan
Executive Director

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Published in: on June 4, 2012 at 6:00 am  Comments (1)  

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