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Another reason for American nuns not to fear Vatican inquiry?

January 06, 2011

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter sees the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for Religious, Archbishop João Bráz de Aviz, as a "centrist" who comes to his new responsibilities without strong personal ideas about religious life. He is therefore likely, Allen continues, to give the #2 official in the Congregation, Archbishop Joseph Tobin, wide latitude to oversee the current apostolic investigation into American women's religious orders.

If so, that may be good news for American sisters alarmed about the possible fallout of the Vatican investigation, since Tobin has repeatedly expressed support for women religious in the States.


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  • Posted by: Memorare - Jan. 06, 2011 9:59 PM ET USA

    The heretical ones are all superannuated and irrelevant now. The orthodox ones are young and vibrant.The damage was done long ago.To take care of them, the Church need only take up a few extra collections in support of religious homes for the aged. Perhaps, it is more about pulling lukewarm prelates out of circulation.

  • Posted by: Minnesota Mary - Jan. 06, 2011 5:53 PM ET USA

    Once again, the Vatican pulls its punches.