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Archbishop Sartain tells LCWR leaders he acts as 'brother and a friend'

August 14, 2014

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle identified himself as a “brother and a friend” as he addressed the annual meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Archbishop Sartain-- who was appointed by the Vatican last year to oversee a process of reform in the LCWR, after a Vatican-ordered investigation pointed to serious doctrinal problems with the organization—sought to downplay the group’s conflict with Rome in his address. The LCWR also heard a message from Father Hank Lemoncelli, an official of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious Life, who spoke on the need for religious congregations to recover their founding charisms, to remain faithful to the Church, and to dedicate themselves wholly to Christ.

In the keynote address at the LCWR meeting, Sister Nancy Schreck, a former president of the group, told the women’s religious leaders that they should not be fearful of working in “darkness.” She encouraged them: “Go into this night trusting in holy mystery.”


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  • Posted by: feedback - Aug. 18, 2014 9:41 AM ET USA

    It is ironic that you use the National Catholic Reporter as this news source, since the NCR is greatly responsible for forming the current LCWR dissent. Other Bishops should stand by Bishop Robert Finn in his denouncing of the NCR as a publication opposed to the teachings of the Catholic Church.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Aug. 14, 2014 6:48 PM ET USA

    I am a single man who enjoys solitude but I believe that I have heard enough teaching on the familial aspects of life and have experienced enough of the fallen nature of adults, children and painfully even myself to know that being a "pal" to your children DOES NOT WORK. I loved my father and mother dearly, but I would never presume to think that I could at base treat them as equals.