Sister's reform a chance for dialogue – prelate

Archbishop Peter Sartain

Archbishop Peter Sartain

April 30, 2012

VATICAN CITY – The reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will offer the sisters and their bishops an opportunity to work together more closely, said the archbishop who will oversee the reform.

Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the LCWR for up to five years.

His tasks will include overseeing revision of LCWR's statutes, review of its liturgical practices, and the creation of formation programs for the conference's member congregations.

The archbishop called the reform a "great opportunity" for women religious, U.S. bishops and the Vatican to "strengthen and improve all of our relationships on every level."

Sartain expressed his "personal appreciation for the role of religious women in the United States" and "all the extraordinary things that they've done."

He dismissed press reports suggesting that the doctrinal congregation's action was a response to widespread support by women religious of the Obama administration's health care reform law.