Vatican defends its investigation of U.S. nuns and religious orders

An "effort to promote the Catholic identity"
Responding to “many news accounts” and “various inquiries” about a controversial investigation of U.S. sisters, a senior Vatican official defended the probe as an “effort to promote the Catholic identity and vibrancy of life” in their communities.

“I am encouraged by the efforts to identify the signs of hope, as well as concerns, within religious congregations in the United States,” Cardinal Franc Rodé, head of the office that oversees Catholic religious orders, said in a statement released November 2.

Rodé’s statement referred to the investigation, announced by the Vatican in January, of 341 communities of Ameri can women religious (not including communities of cloistered nuns), which have a total of approximately 59,000 members.


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