The letter was signed by Pax Christi USA, a national Catholic peace organization, and groups representing religious men and women, including the Conference of Major Superiors of Men and Network, a Catholic social justice lobby. Other signers included the Franciscan Action Network, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, USC Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart and the Institute Justice Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
CMSM was a signatory to a recent statement signed by 751 leaders of Catholic organizations.
The proactive work of CMSM regarding efforts to ratify a set of principles for priests who father children is highlighted in a Boston Globe article which addresses the circumstances of children fathered by Catholic priests and their efforts to achieve redress from the Catholic Church.
The church needs to look beyond ordained clergy for leadership, said Marianist Father James Heft during an address at the annual meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in Phoenix in early August.
In a resolution adopted Aug. 3 at its annual assembly, The Conference of Major Superiors of Men declared it would “use both our individual charisms and experience as religious leaders to … invite Pope Francis to offer an encyclical on nonviolence, which would include a shift to a just peace approach for transforming conflict.”