Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter) is squawking that yet another group of women religious in these USA is being called to Rome for a chat. First, the Sisters of Loretto (think Sr. Jeannine Gramick) are summoned to talk about doctrinal and moral concerns. Now, the Sisters of Charity.
Who knows what it is about.
Sr. Teri Hadro, president of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, said her community received a letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life in early April asking the sisters for written response to the office’s continued concern over the order’s “public dissent of Church teaching.”
“It’s a very friendly letter,” Hadro said. “It’s just that I think they tend to interpret things as dissent that really aren’t dissent.” [And yet it’s time for a chat.]
“Because we focus on those issues and not on right to life from conception forward, our silence is being interpreted as dissent,” Hadro said. “I don’t think that’s the understanding that women religious have. We probably have the same top 10 values and priorities as the bishops, but in different order. And it seems to me that there’s some beauty in that, because our role in the church is different from that of the bishops.”
A very nunny answer.
Hadro declined to share all of the recommendations the Vatican made to her community, but she said one of the recommendations was that the sisters “engage in the study of” Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’ — a request Hadro said proves how much miscommunication has happened during the apostolic visitation process.
You have got to be kidding me. The Congregation told them to read Laudato Si’?
“I think the European understanding of religious life, the hierarchic understanding of religious life, and the understanding of religious life from inside a women’s congregation in the United States are three different understandings,” she said. “This whole process is a demonstration of what happens when the three parties start to look at the same thing, but not necessarily in dialogue. It’s been complex.”
Right. In other words, they don’t have a clue what religious life is. It stopped the day Perfectae caritatis was signed.