We Are Church Intl.

Solidarity with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious

Press Release — May 19th, 1012

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The International Movement of We are Church (IMWAC) extends their strongest solidarity with Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the face of the unjust treatment by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.

Women religious throughout the world, but especially in the U.S.A., have been in the forefront in incarnating the life of Jesus in their lives. And they continue to be an inspiration to the rest of the Church, except to those in the Vatican who consider them a threat to their male autocracy.

All who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ must resist this latest attempt by the Vatican to control the prophetic life of the Spirit in the Catholic Church in America . We encourage all members of our movement, all who adhere to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, to do all in their power to resist this clampdown on our sisters in America.  Otherwise, if the centralised, dominating control of the Vatican succeeds in silencing and suppressing our American sisters then we have failed in our response to the prophetic role we have received from the Holy Spirit.

IMWAC sees this attempted silencing of the LCWR by the Vatican as yet another attempt to enforce its creeping infallibility and absolutism on the prophetic people of God. IMWAC stands in full solidarity with all who have been and continue to be unjustly treated by a Vatican elite which instead of being the servant of the servants of God has become an oppressive force in our Church.