Friday, April 17, 2009

Time to Dump the Drumming Circle? Vatican Probes Leadership Doctrine

Expect to hear more on this:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Leaders of women's religious communities in the United States say the Vatican has launched a doctrinal investigation into their activities and initiatives.

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious says it was informed of the "doctrinal assessment" in a letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog.

The doctrinal investigation is separate from another Vatican-ordered study looking into the quality of the life in more than 400 U.S. women's religious institutes to determine why the number of nuns has declined so dramatically.

The Leadership Conference says in a statement dated Tuesday that it is confident about the new investigation.


You may remember I posted about the issue of the Vatican looking into the "quality of life" in some religious institutes, here.

Sometimes, living in the United States can produce funnel vision. It sounds to me as though religious institutes for women around the world have not experienced such a drop in number as those in the U.S. I could be wrong, but then again, I have to wonder if those in other countries have so happily embraced a New Age practice called Reiki.

I'm sure this is going to get very, very interesting.


Rachel said...

Mary Rose, have you seen this jaw-dropping post by Fr. Philip? That's the keynote address to the Leadership Conference of Religious Women he printed-- the LCRW represents the great majority of nuns in the US, but the orthodox orders broke away a few decades ago and founded their own conference.

X said...

Our bishop lets the dingbat "nones" practice this BS. They are all 60+ now. Bishop retires in 2 years and the nones aren't far behind. I will be glad when the Church is purged of this nonsense.

Kimberly said...

I had a rather bizarre experience a few years ago with some sisters from the Order of the Presentation of Mary. Years ago when our Pastor was the Pastor of a large church and school in East L.A., these sisters taught in the school. Somewhere along the way, they lost their veil and habits...They came out to visit our Priest, and I had all of them over for Easter Dinner. My children are accustomed to carmelite sisters that wear a habit and veil, and asked if you really are sisters, why don't you look like one? (out of the mouths of babes) The more militant sister likened the holy habit to the burka afghan women are forced to wear. I was shocked and a little scandalised, so were my children. This order is literally dying out. They haven't had a new member in decades and they now live in small homes 2 or 3 sisters instead of as a group in communion. I think they lost their mission and their way.

Adrienne said...

Yep = our closet Dominicans (Cottonwood, Idaho) are heavily into Reike, Centering Prayer, etc! Any new young members?? Nope!!

But we also have the traditional sister that returned to the fold in Spokane from a sedevacantist group. They are wonderful.