Sheila Peiffer, American Catholic Council (ACC)
As most of you may know, last week (April 15-21) the Vatican, through its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), together with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), imposed a "crackdown" on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.
Many Catholic faithful have been concerned and upset at this hierarchical oppression of the women who have not only formed us in the faith, but have continued to serve the most vulnerable in society with fortitude and dignity. The American Catholic Council is cooperating with a number of Catholic reform organizations in forming a concerted response which will include prayer, discussion and action.
Our first step in this response is to sign the online petition which can be accessed via the link below. Please add your name and forward the link to friends and family so that we will have at least 30,000 signatures by the beginning of the USCCB meeting in June. We are counting on an overwhelming show of support!
You can also consider and share other "action" ideas regarding this latest act of Vatican repression by posting to a new ACC Discussion Forum on the Assemblies Community Network: LCWR Action Forum.
On a related note, we invite your support of Network, perhaps the most pre-eminent Catholic Social Justice Lobby organization in the US, and an organization founded through the active support and leadership of women religious. A few days before the Vatican action, Network had just celebrated its 40th anniversary, under the theme Faithful to the Gospel: Then and Now. And four days later, they were implicated in the same Vatican directive questioning their faithfulness to the Gospel. Like the good sisters of LCWR, the leadership of Network was stunned. As the leadership of Network deliberates its response, they have invited friends and supporters to join with them on a conference call this Friday (tomorrow) April 27 at 4:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time. The conference telephone number is 712-432-3900 and the conference access code is 534635.
To stay abreast of ongoing developments in this story, we recommend that you follow stories posted to a dedicated feature on NCR-onLine at: Sisters Under Scrutiny. ACC will continue to monitor this matter and post action updates to the Assemblies Community Network.
In Prayer, Action and the Spirit of the Risen Christ,