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Leader of Vatican-ordered inquiry makes new appeal for American nuns' cooperation

January 25, 2010

The American nun who has been appointed by the Vatican to conduct an apostolic visitation of American women’s religious orders has written to the leaders of women’s religious communities, asking for their cooperation in the inquiry. Mother Mary Clare Millea’s letter, dated January 12, implicitly acknowledges that many religious orders have failed to respond to earlier requests.

Mother Millea was appointed by the Congregation for Religious to head the apostolic visitation. Last year she sent questionnaires to the leaders of women’s religious orders, asking that they be returned by November 20. Many religious orders, joining in a refusal to cooperate with the Vatican inquiry, did not respond.


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  • Posted by: rng2 - Jan. 25, 2010 9:31 PM ET USA

    Now we finally realize why the tens – perhaps 100s - of thousands of young people who went through Catholic grammar schools came out so un-Catholic. Not all nuns were so liberal, but enough to create havoc in our Church.

  • Posted by: Telengard - Jan. 25, 2010 8:35 PM ET USA

    If there is continued disregard for the Pope and the Church, then perhaps those American 'religious' communities should lose their 'Catholic' designation. The Church certainly doesn't need them.

  • Posted by: wtchurch5213 - Jan. 25, 2010 8:18 PM ET USA

    One has to wonder what the American Catholic sisters have to hide. Are they afraid they are so far out of step with Catholicism they run the risk of being ex-communicated? I would think they would welcome the investigation if they had nothing hide, or at least answer the questions asked. I am very suspicious. If it weren't for the Church's authority they wouldn't have an order in which to hide their cowardice. Something's rotten in Denmark, or at least the US.