Statement by the CMSM

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) is the counterpart body of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). CMSM has the same status in canon law for vowed religious men (monks, brothers, some priests) that LCWR has for vowed religious women (nuns, sisters). I’ve been waiting for them to make a public statement with regard to the CDF doctrinal assessment and action concerning the LCWR, and apparently their Executive Committee did so last week (PDF). I quote the body of the statement here in its entirety:

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men has a long and rich history of cooperation with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. We have been mutually enriched by this collaborative spirit to the greater glory of God. Members of CMSM have been inspired by the sisters’ promotion of Catholic social teaching, their service to so many in health care and education, and their fidelity to the Gospel and service in the Church.

In the weeks since the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith made public its doctrinal assessment report, we have been impressed by the way LCWR leadership has responded to this difficult situation. They have been prayerful and consultative as they move forward, and they continue in that stance as they prepare to meet with Congregation officials next week.

CMSM offers its prayerful support as the LCWR engages in dialogue with Vatican officials and Archbishop Peter Sartain. We pray that the Holy Spirit will guide these conversations to a deeper understanding and a resolution of the issues at hand.

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