Pope Francis downplays threat of Vatican scrutiny of religious orders

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Nuns attend the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

Nuns attend the inauguration Mass of Pope Francis at St. Peter's Square on Tuesday (March 19) at the Vatican. RNS photo by Andrea Sabbadini

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Weeks after authorizing a continued investigation of American nuns, Pope Francis told a group of nuns and priests from Latin America not to worry if they found themselves under similar scrutiny.

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  • gilhcan

    Comforting words–from the throne of St. Peter–but what about the the harassment the good nuns have been suffering for some years under Benedict, William Levada, and his successor at CDF? It’s easy for the pope who’s in charge of of the CDF to be so blithe about these gestapo tactics, but they have been devastating to the lives, work, and faith of the nuns. Such invasions should be stopped promptly. And while he’s at it, Francis ought to shut down the CDF. That left-over of the “Holy Inquisition” has no place in the church. It never did. It was instituted when the church was managed by evil leaders. Let us prove that we have changed, that we truly follow Jesus, “The Model of the Holy.”

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  • Leo

    Many of these “religious” are nothing more that sororities or fraternities of old maids and bachelors living under their discrete roofs. They have lost their way and are not even really Roman Catholic.

    Nuns who don’t staff schools and hospitals but rather are into massage therapy and every other gimmicky stuff are leftovers from the ’60s. These order are dying, and they should. They are being replaced by fewer but more “regular” ones. This pope or no pope will be able to put humpty back together again because it’s been destroyed by Vatican II’s implementation and the bishops uncaringness for children.

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  • Alex

    Like the main speaker at this years LCWR who wrote that on Dec. 22 2012 the end of the Mayan calendar a vast cosic awakening would take place. this is who nuns are listening to instead of the Saints and Magiserium of the Church. This scrutiny is not about the sisers who work everyday bringing Jesus to school chridren and the aged, but the Leadership is follow worldly feminist teachings and .moving beyond Jesus’ as one of their esteemed leaders pontificated. These women have lost their way.

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  • RuthAnn

    “For many American Catholics, especially for the women in religious orders, the new pope has been a jolting, rejuvenating presence. Just 18 months ago, a Vatican report on the largest organization of women’s religious orders in the United States declared that there were “serious doctrinal problems which affect many in Consecrated Life.” Among their faults, the report found, was that they had been insufficiently energetic in promoting Catholic teaching on abortion, sexuality and family life. The organization was put under the supervision of an archbishop selected by Rome.

    Now there is a pope who has said that when it comes to abortion and same-sex marriage, “it is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time.” The church’s highest calling is to be with the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized in society, he said.

    Which has been ground zero for the work of American Catholic religious women in the United States for decades…”

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  • Sixtus

    The CDF defends the Catholic Church! If anyone preaches heresey outside the Dogmas of the Church they are excommunicated that can mean a Pope. The Pope can not change the dogma of the Church. A liberal Pope can not sabotage the Holy Catholic Church. Jesus Christ for saw Judas, Jesus Christ can for see a bad Pope! God Help Us!