WASHINGTON (CNS) — Leaders representing 59,000 women religious are questioning what they say is a lack of full disclosure about what is motivating the Vatican’s apostolic visitation that will study the contemporary practices of U.S. women’s religious orders.
In an Aug. 17 press statement, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious also said the leaders “object to the fact that their orders will not be permitted to see the investigative reports about them” when they are submitted in 2011 to the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and its prefect, Cardinal Franc Rode.
In addition, the women religious expressed concern about secrecy they say is surrounding the funding of the study, said Sister Annmarie Sanders, director of communications for LCWR.[reference]
Yeah what could possible be the reason for such a visitations. Scratching my head trying to figure this one out. Could it be rampant dissent to the magisterium? Can’t be that. How about widespread support of women’s ordination? Couldn’t be. How about the massive destruction in religious life over the last four decades with so many orders having few if any novices? Surely not that. How about the web pages for most religious orders looking more like a page for some left wing advocacy group than a Catholic religious order? No, just because they seem to pay a lot of attention to the United Nations and none to the Vatican surely could not be a reason. Maybe it is the range of wacky ideas ranging from radical feminism to eco-theology? No, that couldn’t be it. Well, what about the fact that there is zero interest in the pro-life cause by so many orders. No, just
– that doesn’t mean anything.
This is certainly a case of someone in the Vatican holding a grudge for some unknown reason and initiated an Apostolic Visitation.
Actually though the LCWR saying this is like a guy driving 130 mph, getting pulled over and asking “Is there something I can do for you officer?”
Even more annoying is Catholic News Service basically passing on the LCWR’s news release with no discernment whatsoever.