Dear Companions on the Journey,
Following the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) response to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's report, Pax Christi International sections and member
Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck accepts, on behalf of LCWR, the Eileen Egan Award at PCUSA's 2010 National Conference
organizations from around the world joined together in releasing a letter of support for LCWR. Sr. Josie Chrosniak, HM, National Council Chairperson, and Sr. Patricia Chappell, SNDdeN, Executive Director, signed the letter on behalf of Pax Christi USA. The letter was circulated, at Sr. Patty's request, to PCUSA regional leadership with an invitation to also sign. The letter was released this week. As Pax Christi International Co-Presidents Marie Dennis and Bishop Kevin Dowling wrote, "In the United States and in many other corners of the world, women religious have been at the heart of Pax Christi's work for peace. Their faithful presence, deep theological grounding and remarkable leadership have made an extraordinary contribution to our movement." Here are the opening paragraphs of the letter:
The Holy See's recent disciplinary action against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has greatly saddened members of Pax Christi International around the world. Women religious in the United States have been deeply committed to promoting the peace of Christ. They are at the heart of our movement, proclaiming with clarity and love the possibility of a world without war, a future beyond dehumanizing violence.
The Sisters' ministries to people on the margins of our world is often lived out in situations of immense violence. We have seen their compassion in local neighbourhoods across the United States; in war-torn communities of South Sudan, El Salvador, Cambodia and beyond; in situations of repression and horrific human rights violations. We have seen them respond with wisdom and courage to trafficked women and children; to domestic violence; to rape as a weapon of war; to torture and abuse in prisons on every continent; to people uprooted by war or poverty...
Click here to read the letter in its entirety.
Pax Christi USA has also posted on its website the response LCWR issued on June 1 to the CDF report. You can read the LCWR's response by clicking here.