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Creeping Franciscanism

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The buzz around the Vatican's face-saving effort to wriggle out of a bad situation is that its mildly benevolent tone was further evidence of Pope Francis' unquestionably humane manner. The pope is widely imagined to be casting a spell of compassion and charity over his vast domain, from the church's center on out. His influence is seen at every turn where light shines through anticipated darkness and, like all charismatic leaders, he gets credit for things that have nothing to do with a born-again papacy.

The Vatican tries to make peace with US women religious

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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.

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