Folks… you definitely want to look at the recent offering from the wonderful Anna Arco, persistent columnist for the best English language Catholic weekly across the Pond.
My search for the women who made Vatican history
Anna Arco goes in search of the first four women to work in the Roman Curia
It started with a black-and-white photograph, as it so often does. Three young women are chatting together, laughing over an unheard joke. A fourth woman, who is a little bit older, smiles at them benignly. St Peter’s Square lies behind them, and the future of the Church lies ahead.
There is something intriguing about the photograph. Maybe it is because there is something determined about these womens’ chins or maybe it is that look of optimism which warrants pulling it out of the file stuffed with hundreds of photographs of often nameless, long-dead religious.
The year is 1967. The Second Vatican Council has only been over for two years and the Church is in a visible state of turmoil. In the next decade tens of thousands of religious and priests will leave their orders and forswear their vows. Female religious communities will be especially affected by the dwindling numbers. Religious orders will re-examine their charisms and their constitutions. The laity too will begin its slow contraction. …
I knew and briefly worked with one of these sisters, Sœur Agnes Sauvage, on the right… smiling benignly. She was an impressive woman, to be sure!
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