October 18, 2012

Archbishop who oversaw nuns probe transferred to Indianapolis

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Photo courtesy Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

Photo courtesy Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American prelate who played a key role in trying to bridge the gap between Rome and U.S. nuns was transferred to Indianapolis only two years after taking up his Vatican post. By Alessandro Speciale.

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  • Brendan Kelleher

    Rather muddled post. Abp Tobin came one the scene when the “probe” was well advanced. Further the investigation was as much under the CDF as the Vatican dept that overseas religious life. The CDF when the probe was instituted, was under the leadership of Cardinal William Levada, formerly head of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and the Vatican’s “problems” with the LCWR go back before Cardinal Rode. A conservative block in the US BIshops Conference have consistently been looking for ways reduce the influence of the LCWR, so with Cardinal Levada and Cardinal Rode in place the time was ripe. Abp Tobin had impressed Pope Benedict XVI with his leadership work with an international group of religious life leaders, so he was brought into the Curia – the “good cop” to balance out the enforcers. The absence of his voice at the center will be missed sadly by both male and female religious. It’s all ecclesiastical politics.