Rorate Caeli

Final report on American women religious issued

The "Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America" has been issued by the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and apparently American sisters and nuns are in perfect communion with the Catholic Church and her permanent Magisterium.  Nothing to see here, folks.

There was no mention of social issues, no mention of habits, no mention of open dissonance, and, in fact, the tone of the report seemed to apologize to dissident women religious who obstructed during the process and refused to participate in the apostolic visitation.  One would never know why the apostolic visitation was called for in the first place under Pope Benedict.

Contrast that to the Franciscans of the Immaculate under this papacy.

What is interesting is how even the mainstream media understands there has been a significant rupture between Benedict and Francis, most recently reflected in today's report of the visitation that began in 2008.

The full report, posted on the press office site of the Holy See, can be read here.