CTA Reaction to the Report of the Apostolic Visitation
December 16, 2014
Today’s report and press conference on the investigation into women religious by the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life underscore what we all know to be true:
Women religious are the heart and soul of a faith that loves courageously and acts justly. From hospitals to schools, they bravely answer the call to be with those in most need.
We are glad to see this beautiful diversity of ministry recognized in the report. This day comes after several years of intense scrutiny into their communities and ministries by officials. Sisters and Catholics stood in solidarity to challenge the ways that the implementation was unjust and we are glad to see that what emerged was a more truthful report and a continued commitment to dialogue.
The Vatican’s mandate of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), a separate but equally disturbing investigation, has also done a disservice to our Church and must conclude as well. We anxiously await the removal of the mandate and the issuance of a formal apology.
These injustices and the misuse of institutional resources, time and energy remain a disappointing chapter in our Church’s history.
As the Sisters urged in today’s Vatican press conference, we look toward the time of healing and reconciliation, mutual trust and affirmation which must take root between those at the Vatican and U.S. women religious. Living the Gospel requires the diversity and concert of all gifts, talents, and charisms.
Call To Action expresses our gratitude to women religious for their dedicated service to the people of God. They are deserving of our respect and full support.