The Vatican investigation: women religious

The Vatican's Congregation for Religious on Tuesday morning released the final report of a controversial and unprecedented six-year investigation of tens of thousands of U.S. Catholic sisters.

According to NCR's Vatican correspondent, Joshua J. McElwee, the report "takes a roundly positive, even laudatory, tone towards their life and work but also includes several couched but barbed criticisms of them."

McElwee's full dispatch is on Global Sisters Report: Visitation report takes mostly positive tone toward U.S. sisters

McElwee quotes LCWR president Sr. Sharon Holland as saying the visitation has resulted in an "affirmative and realistic report."

"The report we are receiving today reflects our reality -- in its commonality and diversity," she said. "Our achievements have been recognized with gratitude, and the nature of our challenges reviewed."

The apostolic visitation was launched in December 2008 by the Vatican's Congregation for Religious, known formally as the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, at the command of Cardinal Franc Rodé.

Read McElwee's report and then come back to this page to comment.

Find accounts of the Vatican press conference on Twitter by searching for the hashtags #sistersreport and #apostolicvisitation.

Read full NCR coverage on our sister website, Global Sisters Report.

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