(Vatican Radio) Below we publish a communique issued Monday by the Congregation
for the Doctrine of the Faith concerning a meeting with the Presidency of the Leadership
Conference of the Women Religious in the USA.
Today the Superiors of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith met with the
Presidency of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the United States of
America. Most Rev. J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle and the Holy See’s Delegate for the
Doctrinal Assessment of the LCWR, also participated in the meeting.
As this was his first opportunity to meet with the Presidency of the LCWR, the Prefect of
the Congregation, Most Rev. Gerhard Ludwig Müller, expressed his gratitude for the great
contribution of women Religious to the Church in the United States as seen particularly in the
many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor which have been founded and
staffed by Religious over the years.
The Prefect then highlighted the teaching of the Second Vatican Council regarding the
important mission of Religious to promote a vision of ecclesial communion founded on faith in
Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Church as faithfully taught through the ages under the
guidance of the Magisterium (Cf. Lumen gentium, nn. 43-47). He also emphasized that a
Conference of Major Superiors, such as the LCWR, exists in order to promote common efforts
among its member Institutes as well as cooperation with the local Conference of Bishops and
with individual Bishops. For this reason, such Conferences are constituted by and remain under
the direction of the Holy See (Cf. Code of Canon Law, cann. 708-709).
Finally, Archbishop Müller informed the Presidency that he had recently discussed the
Doctrinal Assessment with Pope Francis, who reaffirmed the findings of the Assessment and the
program of reform for this Conference of Major Superiors.
It is the sincere desire of the Holy See that this meeting may help to promote the integral
witness of women Religious, based on a firm foundation of faith and Christian love, so as to
preserve and strengthen it for the enrichment of the Church and society for generations to come.