The Vatican Congregation for theDoctrine of the Faith (CDF) has called for renewal of the Leadership Conference
of Women Religious (LCWR) and, on April 18, 2012, named Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle as its
Archbishop Delegate for the initiative. Bishop Leonard Blair and Bishop
Thomas John Paprocki were also named to assist in this effort.
The CDF outlined the call in a “Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership
Conference of Women Religious,"
released April 18. The document outlines findings of the 2008 CDF-initiated
doctrinal assessment of LCWR, conducted by Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo,
Ohio, which included his findings and an LCWR response submitted at the end of
2009, as well as a subsequent report from Bishop Blair in 2010.
A statement by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the
Doctrine of the Faith, is also available.