Archbishop J. Peter Sartain made the following statementregarding the LCWR on August 10, 2012:
Holy See and the Bishops of the United States are deeply proud of the historic
and continuing contribution of women religious to our country through social,
pastoral and spiritual ministries; Catholic health care; Catholic education;
and many other areas where they reach out to those on the margins of
an association of women religious, the LCWR brings unique gifts to its members
and to the Church at large. This uniqueness includes sensitivity to suffering,
whether in Latin America or the inner-city; whether in the life of an unborn child
or the victim of human trafficking.
Religious women have made a lasting contribution to the wellbeing of our country and continue to do so today. For that they deserve our respect, our support, our thanks and our prayers.
with the members of the LCWR, I remain committed to working to address the
issues raised by the Doctrinal Assessment in an atmosphere of prayer and
respectful dialogue. We must also work toward clearing up any
misunderstandings, and I remain truly hopeful that we will work together
without compromising Church teaching or the important role of the LCWR. I
look forward to our continued discussions as we collaborate in promoting
consecrated life in the United States.