Long Island bishop 'nuanced' on visitation of women religious
Bishop William Murphy of Rockville Centre, N.Y., (that's Long Island) is the latest U.S. bishop to make a statement about the Vatican's apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious.
Murphy makes a number of interesting points in his column in his diocesan newspaper, which is dated Nov. 4.
- "The first I knew of such a visitation was when the announcement was made last spring …"
- "… while we bishops will be asked our opinion at some point in the process, the whole project was outside the hands of the U.S. bishops."
- "… 'visitations' are a normal part of the life of the Church."
- "… the key to understanding this visitation is respect. These sisters deserve and must always have our respect, the respect of the Holy See and the Visitation Committee, the respect of the entire Church. Their dignity must never be compromised and their commitment to a vowed life of consecration to God always honored. None of them should have to be afraid of a visitation."