NunJustice Coalition 

Our Voices Were Heard:
LCWR Mandate Removed 


Our Voices were heard.  The Vatican removed the LCWR mandate.  Read the official release below from the NunJustice Coalition. 

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Catholic Groups Praise U.S. Sister-Leaders in      Resolution of Unjust Vatican Mandate                                                                                                


For Immediate Release                                                                  

April 16, 2015



Catholic Groups Praise U.S. Sister-Leaders in Resolution of Unjust Vatican Mandate

Request similar dialogic processes be used in other Church disputes


Statement from the Nun Justice Project: 


The Nun Justice Project is glad to see that the Vatican has removed their mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).  

Today's joint statement is testimony to the dogged determination of LCWR sister-leaders to persevere in dialogue with those who unjustly maligned them.  It is fitting that in the Year of Consecrated Life, Church officials have at last recognized the good works and impressive leadership of the sisters.

The Nun Justice Project believes that an apology should also have been given to the sisters, but the end of the investigation is a major step in itself.  Since no previous Pope ever met with LCWR leadership it is hopeful that Pope Francis met personally with them today.  May this meeting inaugurate new era of positive communication between the Vatican and women leaders in the Church.


 "As usual, the living example of the women has inspired us," said Erin Saiz Hanna, a member of the coalition, "The nuns responded to this show of patriarchal abuse by finding ways to resist its intrusion and transformed the process by modeling inclusive dialogue."


"It is my hope that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will institute similar dialogic processes and procedures for addressing other disputed issues in the Church. said Francis DeBernardo, another coalition member.


Since the LCWR mandate was announced, thousands of Catholics have stood up to call for the end of this unnecessary and demeaning "investigation."  We are gratified that the immense worth of the work of women religious is being recognized.  However, we also remain watchful since some still-to-be-implemented aspects of the joint statement could be interpreted as restricting the conscience rights of sisters.

Over the past five years, the  Nun Justice Project organized massive support for women religious. Tens of thousands of Catholics petitioned the Vatican and participated in hundreds of public demonstrations, prayer services, vigils, and media events.  Their voices have been instrumental in advancing due process, raising up women's leadership voice and promoting justice in the Church. 


For background on the Nun Justice Project's work addressing the LCWR mandate visit


The Nun Justice Project is a grassroots movement supported by the following organizations:

American Catholic Council

Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church

Call to Action

Catholics for Choice




New Ways Ministry

Quixote Center


Voice of the Faithful

WATER: Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual

Women's Ordination Conference



Organizational media contacts:                       

Kate McElwee:(Rome)  +39 393.692.2100

Deb Rose-Milavec  (USA)  513-673-1401 (c)














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