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Daughters of St. Paul remove leaders who sued Boston archdiocese

May 27, 2011

The worldwide superior of the Daughters of St. Paul replaced the leaders of the American province after the religious order filed a lawsuit against the Boston archdiocese over the handling of pension funds.

Sister M. Antonieta Bruscato, the superior general of the Daughters of St. Paul, flew from Rome to confer with Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley about the lawsuit. Soon thereafter, the superior announced a change in the leadership of the American province.

The American nuns who had decided to file suit against the Boston archdiocese, after months of fruitless efforts to settle the pension dispute, had been coming to the end of their 3-year leadership terms in July. After the American leaders (led by Sister Margaret Timothy Sato) were replaced, the order quickly reached an out-of-court settlement with the archdiocese.

Both archdiocesan officials and the new leaders of the American province of the Daughters of St. Paul deny reports that Cardinal O’Malley exerted pressure on the religious order to withdraw the suit.


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - May. 30, 2011 4:50 PM ET USA

    The judicial system comes into play when parties can't agree, in this case, 5 or 6 years. Where would we be if the Church hadn't had it's feet put to the fire in the clerical abuse scandal? Sometimes, the courts are the only way to redress a wrong.

  • Posted by: Cornelius - May. 29, 2011 7:55 AM ET USA

    I'm sorry, unum, but your comments are thoroughly uncharitable towards the Boston Archdiocese. Not knowing the specifics of the dispute, how can you assume the "thuggery" of the chancery? The courtroom is no place for Catholic religious to be settling disputes. This is scandalous.

  • Posted by: unum - May. 28, 2011 11:22 AM ET USA

    What an amazing coincidence! The world leader of the order arrives in the U.S. to announce a leadership change just following the announcement of a "settlement" with the Boston Archdiocese. I wonder what kind of settlement the nuns got after the Cardinal leaned on the Superior General? The more things change in Boston, the more they stay the same. Experience says that you can't change the thuggery of a chancery just by changing the bishop (or even by naming his replacement a cardinal).

  • Posted by: lauriem5377 - May. 28, 2011 11:00 AM ET USA

    I'm glad to hear they reached a settlement without having to go to court/it seems unecessary for religious to be suing one another. Some prayer to the Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds for a just settlement seems more in order. God bless them all for reaching a settlement!