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Press Release: NETWORK Responds to Vatican Report

For immediate release: April 20, 2012

Contact: Stephanie Niedringhaus, 202-347-9797 x224,

We are deeply puzzled by the findings in the Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which were just released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Despite its references to NETWORK, we were never asked to provide any information about our mission or activities.

Since our founding by 47 Catholic Sisters, NETWORK’s mission of lobbying, organizing and educating for social and economic justice has been rooted in the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. We have just celebrated our 40th anniversary, the theme of which was Faithful to the Gospel: Then and Now, and we are grateful for our close relationship with LCWR throughout our history. We honor LCWR for its service and faith commitment, and because it nurtures women religious in their commitment to their faith and religious life.

We are very grateful for the many expressions of support and hope we have received. We also hold everyone in prayer during this difficult time, and we look forward to future dialogue.