You may have heard that the Vatican is investigating U.S. Sisters for being, as someone I know said, “Ridiculously outside the mission of the church- they’re the only ones getting it right”.
Now the sisters have a new Facebook page for people to express their solidarity with them in the face of this hierarchical end run.
“Support Our Catholic Sisters- shaping faith, shaping lives” is the title of this page. Its mission is described thusly:
Women religious have inspired countless lives in remarkable ways. Let’s mobilize the Catholic community in support of our Catholic sisters.
For most Catholics, our sisters are our most precious resource within the church. They’ve taught us and our children in schools. They’ve run our hospitals. They ministered to us in our parishes. They’ve encouraged us in good times and bad. Perhaps more than any other group within the church, they’ve shaped our faith.They have helped us so much over the years. Now they are in need of expressions of our support and gratitude.
The Vatican last week ordered an umbrella organization representing 80 percent of the sisters of America, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, to reform its programs to conform more closely to the official teachings of the church or face further disciplinary actions.
To oversee the reform process, the Vatican has appointed Seattle Archbishop Peter Sartain and given him wide-ranging power to oversee and direct LCWR as he reviews and revises the organization’s policies.
The women say they were “stunned” by this Vatican directive and to be the objects of these directives. As sisters across the country begin to discern what these changes mean for their lives, Support our Catholic Sisters aims to harness the stories, testimonials and actions planned on behalf of the sisters and report these to you.
We want Support our Catholic Sisters to be shared widely to build support for these wonderful women.
How has one or more Catholic sisters changed your life? Use Support our Catholic Sisters to post your testimonial and those of your family members and friends. Help us tell your stories. Post short essays, photos and/or videos telling us what a particular sister has meant to your life.
Are you organizing a prayer service or vigil? Are you part of a letter writing campaign? Share with us the details here.
We want to report the actions of our Catholic communities as they express their support and affection for the women have set exemplary examples, shaping consciences and faith lives for so many years.
- The Vatican Fears U.S. ‘Feminist’ Nuns (patheos.com)
- From Standing Ovation to Twitter, Catholics Are Speaking Out (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)
- Support for U.S. Nuns Spreads Quickly Among Catholics and Others (newwaysministryblog.wordpress.com)