The Nun Justice Project, a coalition of Catholic church reform and social justice organizations including New Ways Ministry, is urging Catholics to send Christmas cards to leading prelates in support of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).
Launched after a harsh Vatican critique of LCWR in early 2012, the Nun Justice Project asks the nuns’ supporters to write with gratitude for the prophetic ministry of the American sisters and to request a withdrawal of the Vatican-imposed mandate against LCWR.
The Project is targeting the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, and the three bishops charged with implementing Vatican-mandated reforms to LCWR, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle, Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, and Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, IL. You can add your support through this link.
As reported previously on Bondings 2.0, with links provided below, the Vatican’s critique of the nuns partially emerged out of their support for LGBT persons and organizations. Specifically named by the Vatican was New Ways Ministry, which has benefited greatly in its 35 years from the unequivocal and sustained support of communities of women religious.
The women religious of LCWR were one of those things the staff of New Ways Ministry was most thankful for this year and we stand with the sisters in these challenging times. New Ways Ministry strongly encourages Catholics and LGBT advocates to write to the bishops and express your support for the nuns who have adamantly struggled for equality within the Church and society.
–Bob Shine, New Ways Ministry
Previous posts relating to LCWR:
August 11, 2012: LCWR Will Continue to Work Towards Dialogue With Vatican Officials
June 21, 2012: Support the Sisters by Re-Directing Peter’s Pence Donations
June 12, 2012: Report on LCWR Meeting With the CDF at the Vatican
May 28, 2012: Support Our Sisters: Pray at a Vigil!
May 1, 2012: Round-up of Actions and Commentary on LCWR
April 23, 2012: Message to Nuns: ‘Be Not Afraid’
April 21, 2012: Support for U.S. Nuns Spreads Quickly Among Catholics and Others
April 18, 2012: Vatican Action Against U.S. Nuns; New Ways Ministry’s Response