U.S. sisters: Vatican order has caused ‘scandal and pain’

LCWR board issues first statement following Vatican move

Published May. 31, 2012, in NCR

A harsh Vatican critique of the organization representing most U.S. women religious was based on unsubstantiated accusations, comes from a flawed process and has caused “scandal and pain throughout the church,” the sisters’ group said in a statement this morning.

Read the entire article from the National Catholic Reporter:  http://ncronline.org/news/women-religious/us-sisters-vatican-order-has-caused-%E2%80%98scandal-and-pain%E2%80%99

Former LCWR Leader Speaks on Vatican Order

From the National Catholic Reporter web site: May. 29, 2012 By Joshua J. McElwee

Among those still trying to understand the implications of the Vatican order as the LCWR board meets this week is Mercy Sr. Theresa Kane. A former LCWR leader, Kane made headlines across the world when she welcomed Pope John Paul II to the United States in 1979 and pointedly asked him about the possibility of ordaining women to the priesthood. Kane, now an associate professor at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., first spoke to NCR about the Vatican order in a wide-ranging, half-hour-long phone conversation in early May.

Read the entire article at: http://ncronline.org/news/women-religious/former-lcwr-head-gives-take-vatican-order

Editor’s Note: Sister Theresa Kane visited Upstate New York Call to Action in 2010 as that year’s Thruway Tour speaker.

Prayer vigil at Syracuse church shows support for Roman Catholic nuns

Published: Tuesday, May 22, 2012- Syracuse Post Standard

Roughly 125 people filled St. Lucy’s Church Tuesday evening with prayers and praise for Roman Catholic nuns and an organization that represents them.

The prayer vigil organized by St. Lucy’s Justice and Peace Committee is part of a nationwide response among some Catholics to a recent Vatican criticism of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. It’s a group said to represent more than 80 percent of the country’s 57,000 nuns.  Read more

Join Us for An Evening of Prayer in Albany

Join us for an Evening of Prayer in Support of Women Religious

St. Vincent’s Church, 900 Madison Ave., Albany, NY

Tuesday May 29, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:30pm

 Many faithful in the Capital District have expressed a desire to support all Women Religious as the LCWR enters a period of prayer and discernment next Tuesday May 29, 2012.  Over 40 similar gatherings have taken place around the country on Tuesdays in May leading up to May 29th.

Please cilck the attachment below for a flyer to share with friends. All are invited.  Members of the faithful of the Albany Diocese view this as a prayerful opportunity to demonstrate solidarity with Women Religious and to support their living of the Gospel in today’s world. 

Attachment:  EveningofPrayerflyer5-29-12




What:  Celebration of the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate.

When:  Saturday morning May 26, 2012 at 11:00am

Where:  Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Eagle Street, Albany.

Action:  Call To Action is offering a Witness for Women one hour prior to the ordination ceremony from 10 – 11:00am.

Call to Action honors the accomplishments of Scott VanDerveer as he and the community celebrate the Rite of Ordination to the Diaconate.  This is in preparation for his ordination to the priesthood to follow next year.  http://www.rcda.org/events/pdf/DiaconateOrdinationInvitation.pdf

Call to Action will stand in Witness to the fact that women are also called to serve in official priestly roles in the Catholic Church.  We will gather across the street from the front entrance of the Cathedral at 10:00am and, bearing signs, provide public support for Catholic women. The Witness will conclude as the service begins.

Please join us, bring a sign or share one of ours.

Contact Steve at : (518) 370-1615