Not so thankful for this, I’m afraid…
There is an article in the ultra-dissenting weekly National Catholic
Fishwrap… err… Reporter which says that many congregations of women religion in the USA are simply not complying with the Holy See’s Apostolic Visitation of their communities.
This summation of the issue came from a kind reader who did some of the lifting in parsing the NCR article:
According to the article, the deadline to provide written responses has passed. Many of the congregations have not responded to the questions but instead merely sent copies of their congregations’ constitutions. [I suspect the Congregation already had them.] The article, quoting an anonymous "informed source", states further that "only about one percent answered, as directed, most or all of the questions".
One woman religious quoted in the article called the inquiry "an unjust affront to women religious". I think the money quote, which displays a radical feminist mindset of some women religious, is as follows:
All along, said one woman religious, the challenge has been to respond to the Vatican in a way that breaks a cycle of violence. [ROFL!] She said that the women religious communities have attempted to respond by using a language "devoid of the violence" they found in the Vatican questionnaire and within the wider study. She characterized the congregation responses as "creative and affirming," and part of an effort to set a positive example in "nonviolent resistance."
"On the one hand we didn’t want to roll over and play dead," she said. "So the question was, "How do you step outside a violent framework and do something new?’ That was the challenge that emerged." One congregation, she said, cited a U.S. bishops’ statement concerning domestic abuse in its response letter to Millea. "The point is, there have to be more than two choices: Take the abuse and offer it up, or kill the abuser."
Cycle of violence? Kill the abuser? While I do not doubt that answering questions can be tedious, it is beyond the pale to equate answering questions with physical violence.
Usually, the term "cafeteria catholic" is used to describe certain members of the laity. In the sense that some women religious think they can respond to only part or none of an official Vatican inquiry, I think the term rightly applies to such religious as well. Their actions are insubordinate as well.
What is this? Gandhi v The British Empire?
So… we have reason #7356485 for why the Visitation was necessary.