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.