Simply Spirit: For over two years, my community's leadership diverted energy away from ministry to the marginalized to address this searching Vatican inquiry.
Commentary: Without attitudinal and structural changes among not the women investigated but those who initiated the investigation, this mistake and others like it will be repeated.
From Where I Stand: The final report on the apostolic visitation of American nuns takes on a completely different tone than at its inception.
Reactions Tuesday to the final report on the apostolic visitation to U.S. sisters generally were as positive as the report itself. Following is a sampling from major media:
Global Sisters Report: "I think we'll have to look at the document itself ... to move to greater forgiveness and reconciliation wherever it's needed."
Global Sisters Report: "There was an emphasis over and over again on the necessity for dialogue, for understanding and communion, and I look forward to how that's going to unfold."
You have to admit that Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz had a difficult task today. He reported on the visitation of U.S. communities of nuns that began in 2008.
Now, this "visitation" was not his idea or initiative. It was launched by order of archconservative Cardinal Franc Rodé, then in charge of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Rodé is still around and may have a few opinions about the result.
Global Sisters Report: The final report of a six-year Vatican investigation of U.S. Catholic sisters takes a positive, even laudatory, tone.
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Global Sisters Report: The view of women religious toward the apostolic visitation changed dramatically in the six years of the Vatican's investigation.