We say: Now that the Vatican has decided that the women are worthy of praise, it is appropriate to ask: "What was that about?"
Joao Braz de Aviz
Commentary: I want to delve below the surface to engage what I think are some of the deeper issues and concerns and hopes that challenge us for the future.
Faith and Justice: The Vatican's report on the sisters and its role in repairing relations between the U.S. and Cuba overshadowed a third diplomatic milestone.
Commentary: Without attitudinal and structural changes among not the women investigated but those who initiated the investigation, this mistake and others like it will be repeated.
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.
Global Sisters Report: Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica said the report "will hopefully be a very positive message for women religious in the United States."
Marking a significant step in an extensive process of the reform of the Legionaries of Christ, the Vatican approved the congregation's amended constitutions.
"In this place of prayer, in this place of faith ... this place is a fertile ground to talk about our love of the Lord."
Taking a vow of poverty does not and should not mean living in ignorance of the economic realities connected to community life and a mission of serving the world in the name of the church, Vatican officials wrote in a letter to members of religious communities.
"Gratuity, fraternity and justice" are the basic principles essential to "an evangelical economy of sharing and communion," said the prefect and secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.
Although the Legionaries of Christ have returned to a normal form of self-governance, the Vatican named a top canon lawyer as a special adviser to the religious community.