RCWP Bishops' Statements

Below you will find statements that the Bishops' of Roman Catholic WomenPriests (RCWP) have made on various issues. 

  • Statement on the care of creation

    We, the undersigned Roman Catholic Women Bishops of North America, express our support for international efforts to care for creation, to protect the environment and reduce the causes of climate change.

     

    • We support the youth of the world like Greta Thunberg who are speaking out, challenging our leaders to take seriously the science of climate change and to take action now for the sake of the future. 

    • We support the United Nations in calling leaders of nations to adopt concrete and realistic action plans that will reduce carbon emissions over the next decade and for the future. 

    • We support Pope Francis in his call to protect the Amazon region as one of the great lungs of the planet and to address the needs of the indigenous people who are most severely affected by those who promote the exploitation of the natural resources of the region.


    We call on all people of good will to learn about the environmental crisis we face and to adopt as a spiritual practice some effort to reduce one's personal carbon footprint as part of a global effort to care for our common home.


     


    In Christ,


    +Jane Kryzanowski, Bishop, RCWP Canada – Regina, Saskatchewan photina61@gmail.com  

    +Suzanne Thiel, Bishop, RCWP-USA Western Region – Portland, Oregon

    +Nancy L. Meyer, Bishop, RCWP-USA Mid-West Region – Brownsburg, Indiana

    +Jane Via, Bishop, RCWP-USA Western Region – San Diego, California

    +Jean Marchant, Bishop, RCWP–USA Eastern Region – Framingham, Massachusetts

    +Andrea M. Johnson, Bishop Emerita, RCWP-USA Eastern Region – Annapolis, Maryland

    +Merlene Olivia Doko, Bishop Emerita – RCWP-USA

    +Sibyl Dana Reynolds, Bishop Emerita – RCWP-USA

    +Joan M. Houk, Bishop retired, RCWP-USA – South Bend, Indiana

    +Marie Evans Bouclin, Bishop Emerita – RCWP Canada – Sudbury, Ontario


    Background

    Throughout the world communities of faith observe the Season of Creation annually from Sept. 1 to October 6.  This observance originated in 1989 when the Patriarch of Constantinople, Demitrios I, decreed the first day of September as a day of special reverence and prayer for the Safeguarding of Creation.  In 2008 the World Council of Churches began promoting The Season of Creation and since then it has expanded throughout the world.  In 2015 Pope Francis issued the Encyclical Letter,

    Laudato Si, which has drawn even more attention to care for creation and earth as our common home.  

     

    Youth around the world, through Global Climate Strikes inspired by Greta Thunberg of Sweden, are adding energy to the Season of Creation by drawing attention to the urgency to listen to the science of climate change and to urge civic leaders to take action now for the sake of the future of our planet and all creatures. 

     

    Greta Thunberg brings this sense of urgency to the UN Climate Action Summit, September 23, 2019.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres is calling on all leaders to come with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.

     

    The Vatican Synod on the Amazon being held October 6-26, 2019 in Rome draws special attention to the moral responsibility of the church to protect the Amazon region as one of the great lungs of the planet and to address the needs of the indigenous people who are most severely affected by those who promote the exploitation of the natural resources of the region.

     

    Call to Action

    We call on all people of good will to learn about the environmental crisis we face and to adopt as a spiritual practice some effort to reduce one's carbon footprint:

    Refuse – make the choice not to generate waste in the first place

    Reduce – make decisions that decrease the amount of waste produced

    Reuse/repair – expand the shelf-lives of products; repair and reuse items

    Replace – next time consider the recycled and green option

    Recycle – reclaim the raw materials

     

    Resources

    https://seasonofcreation.org/

    https://twitter.com/GretaThunberg

    https://globalclimatestrike.net

    https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/un-climate-summit-2019.shtml

    https://catholicclimatemovement.global/amazon-synod/

     

    Further Information

    Roman Catholic Womenpriests USA: romancatholicwomenpriests.org

    Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada:  rcwpcanada.x10.mx


     

  • Statement on the treatment of CHildren on the U.s. border

    THE INTERNATIONAL BISHOPS CIRCLE, MADE UP OF ACTIVE WOMAN BISHOPS AND BISHOPS EMERITA, SIGNED THE STATEMENT BELOW REGARDING TREATMENT OF CHILDREN AT INTERNATIONAL BORDERS OF THE UNITED STATES.


    We, the undersigned Bishops of the International Circle of Roman Catholic Women Bishops express our anguish, sadness and incredulity at the current treatment of children at international borders of the United States. We speak out against any failure to provide adequate water, food, clothing, bedding and shelter to migrant children, against the separation of children from their parent/s, against the housing of children behind bars in facilities that are often former prisons, and against any failure to provide adequate care and supervision for these children. We see the treatment of children at international borders as a humanitarian crisis.



    As women of Christian faith, we take seriously Jesus' commandment to treat all people as we wish to be treated.



    We call upon Christians worldwide to consider this humanitarian issue, regardless of their position on international migration, and to take action consistent with their conscience on behalf of children being held at all international borders throughout the globe.



    In Christ,


    + Marie Evans Bouclin, Bishop Emerita, Canada

    + Merlene Olivia Doko, Bishop Emerita, U.S.

    +Patricia Fresen, Bishop, South Africa

    + Joan Houk, Bishop Emerita, U.S.

    + Andrea Johnson, Bishop Emerita, U.S.

    + Jane Kryzanowski, Bishop, Canada

    + Jean Marie Marchant, Bishop, U.S.

    + Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, Bishop, Austria

    + Nancy Meyer, Bishop, U.S.

    + Ida Raming, Bishop, Germany

    + Sibyl Dana Reynolds, Bishop Emerita, U.S.

    + Suzanne Thiel, Bishop, U.S.

    + Jane Via, Bishop, U.S.