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Update on the Apostolic Visitation of US women religious July 7, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, General Catholic.
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Fr. Z has a post revealing the contents of a letter sent from William Cardinal Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to the Leadership Conference of Women’s Religious, the body that represents about 80% of United States religious sisters.  The letter explains some of the reasoning for the visitation (rejection of Christ as core to the Catholic doctrine, continual demands for the impossibility of women’s ordination, and acceptance and even promotion of the homosexual lifestyle, among others).  The letter, originally published at the Distorter, where it is presented as part of a campaign of abuse and repression of women’s religious, is mostly just an explanation of the logistics of the investigation.

One interesting factoid – I have read statements from some of the members of LCWR that the apostolic investigation is being unfairly targeted solely at the “more progressive”  membership of their organization, and that the members of CMSWR are not subject to this visitation.   This is not true.  My wife’s cousin, Sr. Miriam James Heidland is a Sister with the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity.   I was speaking with her over the weekend at the family gathering at Lake Medina, and we talked about the apostolic visitation.  Contrary to what Joan Chittister and some others have said, the apostolic visitation is NOT focused solely on ‘progressive’ orders – SOLT is being visited, specifically, the SOLT Sisters of Seattle are preparing to be visited.  Sr. Miriam’s sentiment was the opposite of that presented by Chittister and others associated with LCWR – SOLT welcomes the investigation, they feel they have nothing to hide and hope to gain some commentary on thier efforts.   I have heard similarly from some other women’s religious – the Poor Clare’s at Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, for one. 

You should read about Sister Miriam’s conversion.  I remember reading about my cousin-in-law in the Dallas Morning News a few years ago.  Having spent some time with her this last weekend, she’s quite a young woman.  It was great to see her holding Benedict.

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