NCR Podcast: Francis corrects Sarah; Sister survey data released

Left: Introduction page to the survey of American women religious; right: Sr. Marie Augusta Neal, who conducted the research. (Courtesy of Cushwa Center for American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame)

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This week, NCR Vatican correspondent Joshua J. McElwee talks about a recent public correction Pope Francis made to an article by Cardinal Robert Sarah. Later, Global Sisters Report national correspondent Dan Stockman talks about a treasure trove of newly available information: the vast results of a 1967 survey, answered by a majority of the country’s Catholic sisters in active ministry as they were grappling with Vatican II reform.

Show Notes

  • Pope Francis issued a public correction to an article by Cardinal Robert Sarah about the changes the pope made last month to how the Catholic Church's liturgies are to be translated from the original Latin into local languages.
  • Francis' letter to Sarah underscores his vision for a church engaged, writes Michael Sean Winters.
  • Looking for more on the motu proprio? Read all about Magnum Principium here.
  • We say: Francis' rollback of centralized power is, in political terms, a return to center, to moderation and to a trust of the community's local leaders.
  • The results of a 1967 survey of 140,000 U.S. Catholic sisters have now been made available for anyone's research. 

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