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Tweet the Pope: We Stand with the Sisters

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“Thousands ask Pope Francis to remove unjust mandate against U.S. Sisters”

 Catholics are coming together in

unprecedented fashion to support U.S. women religious.

Over 17,500 signed petitions or sent letters to Pope Francis asking him to remove the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), an organization representing eighty percent of all US Catholic sisters.

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Last week, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told L’Osservatore Romano in reference to the Vatican’s highly criticized investigation of U.S. nuns, “Above all we have to clarify that we are not misogynists, we don’t want to gobble up a woman a day!”

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“If the Vatican wanted to prove that they are not misogynists, they could start by removing the unjust mandate against the nuns,” said Deborah Rose-Milavec, a coalition spokesperson. She continued, “we remain inspired by the sisters courage in engaging church leadership while remaining faithful to the integrity of their calling. We promise our support as they pursue their mission to those on the margins despite attempts at institutional, sexist bullying.”

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NunJustice representative Kate McElwee personally delivered the petitions to the Vatican on Friday, September 12, 2014, along with Spanish versions of Sr. Elizabeth Johnson’s books, “Consider Jesus” and “Quest for the Living God”   “Catholics all over the world support LCWR in their commitment to stay at the table with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and address the unjust mandate it issued in 2012, “ said McElwee.

 

In addition, an estimated 200 private prayer services were also held during LCWR’s August 12-15 annual assembly. The campaign supporting LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson was sponsored by the NunJustice Project, a coalition of 15 U.S Catholic reform organizations. Johnson is the recipient of LCWR’s 2014 Annual Leadership Award.

 

In 2012 the CDF issued a statement accusing LCWR of promoting “radical feminist themes” and “corporate dissent” and detailed its intent to control speakers at the sisters’ annual assembly and to whom LCWR can present its annual leadership award. This past April Cardinal Gerhard Mueller harshly criticized LCWR and Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, singling her out for her scholarship

 

“At the close of their 2014 Assembly, LCWR sent a clear message: they are standing strong,” said Ryan Hoffman, another coalition spokesperson. “We are especially inspired by Dr. Johnson’s comments upon receiving LCWR’s 2014 Outstanding Leadership Award:

 “When the moral authority of the hierarchy is hemorrhaging due to financial scandals and many bishops who … cover up sexual abuse of children, a cover up that continues in some quarters to this day, and thousands are drifting away from the church … the waste of time on this investigation is unconscionable,” .

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Elizabeth Johnson is right, said Rose-Milavec, “These committed, faithful women are serving the most disenfranchised among us. Women are making the radical dream of Jesus real in today’s world. It is outrageous that their work and ministry are even being called into question. “

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Actions you can take:

1. Sign the online petition asking Pope Francis to retract the mandate and apologize to Sr. Elizabeth Johnson
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Download our letter, add your own comments and send it to Pope Francis.

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What’s the Pope’s Address

  • His Holiness,Pope Francis PP
  • 00120 Via del Pellegrino
    Cita Del Vaticano

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

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A Letter to the Pope? House of Cards- Justice and NunJustice?

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May 15, 2014

An Open Letter to Pope Francis About Women’s Leadership in The Church

TO:   His Holiness, Pope Francis PP

00120 Via del Pellegrino

Citta del Vaticano

Dear Pope Francis

We write with respect and gratitude for your extraordinary leadership in our Church.

Sadly, we also write with concern and dismay at the behavior that Cardinal Gerhard Müller recently exhibited toward women leaders of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and especially toward Dr. Elizabeth Johnson CSJ.

Cardinal Müller’s preemptive public criticism of LCWR leadership and Dr. Johnson, one of the most beloved and respected theologians in the world, eclipsed any opportunity for public dialogue.

This communicates that faithful Catholic female leaders are disrespected and discounted in our Church.

On numerous occasions you have expressed a desire to expand leadership opportunities for women. We respectfully suggest that the place to begin is to listen to faithful women who are already exercising leadership.

We ask you to personally intervene with Cardinal Müller and Archbishop Sartain and remove the unjust mandates imposed on LCWR over two years ago.

In addition, a public apology to Dr. Johnson and LCWR leadership would speak volumes about the institutional Church’s intent to truly listen to women and honor their voices.

In closing, we express our love and solidarity with you as together we joyfully proclaim the rich diversity revealed in the Good News of Jesus Christ, a message ever ancient yet ever new.

Sincerely yours,

 The NunJustice Coalition

SEE: LETTER

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Nuns feeling new Ruler in Rome doesn’t measure up?

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Vatican: Pope Francis supports crackdown on US nuns;

women had hoped for different approach

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach would take a different approach than his predecessor.

The Vatican last year imposed an overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious after determining the sisters took positions that undermined Catholic teaching on the priesthood and homosexuality while promoting “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.” Investigators praised the nuns’ humanitarian work, but accused them of ignoring critical issues, including fighting abortion.

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