Posted on August 19, 2017

Because the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, our Associates, Companions and partners are all called to be the compassionate presence of God in our world, our Social Justice Board and the RDC Leadership Team agree that we must have a statement about the recent violent events in Charlottesville and Barcelona. Once again, the LCWR has come out with a statement that we approve and support. This statement engages each of us in reflection and openness to forgiveness and change, to “take the plank out of our own eyes” as it were, while condemning violence and hate in any form.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious condemns racism in all its harmful forms whether the violent acts of the Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazis, and White Supremacist groups or the daily acts of hate and discrimination that diminish us all.

We grieve with the citizens of Charlottesville and all people of goodwill. We mourn with all who have lost loved ones, with all who live in fear, with all whose dignity is threatened by hate and violence. We lament the racism that continues to afflict our communities and threaten the values that we hold dear.

We acknowledge our own complicity in institutional racism. We commit ourselves to cleanse our hearts and rid our land of this evil. We promise to pray for our country and to continue to use our voice and our energy to build God’s beloved community where all are one in Christ Jesus.

LCWR is an association of leaders of congregations of Catholic women religious in the United States. The conference has nearly 1300 members, who represent more than 38,800 women religious in the United States. Founded in 1956, LCWR assists its members to collaboratively carry out their service of leadership to further the mission of the Gospel in today’s world.