Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Droppings from the Catholic Birdcage: Mollie Wilson O'Reilly on Vatican Report on U.S. Nuns — "Very Short on Specifics, Which I Presume Is by Design"

Mollie Wilson O'Reilly at Commonweal on the "final report" that the Vatican released last week, ending its investigation of U.S. nuns for heresy and liberalism ostensibly not representing "the" Catholic tradition faithfully in the U.S. public square and thereby embarrassing the U.S. Catholic bishops as they seek to equate "the" Catholic tradition with support for the Republican party and its 1% handlers:

The whole thing is very short on specifics, which I presume is by design. That very lack of specifics is a show of respect for the LCWR’s integrity on the part of the CDF’s delegates. At the same time, it allows those who supported the initial investigation to declare that the CDF’s mission has been accomplished. But not everyone is satisfied – and the same observers who were disappointed by the bloodless conclusion of the "Apostolic Visitation" of U.S. nuns last year are dissatisfied with this report as well. Rod Dreher, for example, just can't tell what game this Pope Francis fellow is playing when it comes to those loathsome "radical nuns," but he’s certain "no one can possibly believe that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have been reformed."

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