We are Church Ireland welcomes the vindication of the 50,000 sisters of the U.S. ‘ Leadership Conference of Women religious‘ in a lengthy report issued to-day December 16th 2014 in the Vatican by Cardinal Boaz de Aviz, Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Religious Life and Societies for Apostolic Life.
The Vatican Investigation, formally known as an Apostolic Visitation was launched under Pope Benedict XV1in 2008 and it involved 341 women ‘s religious Institutes that represents 50,000 American Sisters. It is claimed to be the longest and most comprehensive report ever in Catholic Church memory.
It was originally conducted by Cardinal Rode who has since retired into what he termed ‘some irregularities or omissions ‘ among U.S. Sisters and accused them of ‘a certain secular mentality and perhaps a certain feminist spirit’’
However the content of this final report was positive and praised the commitment of the Sisters involved and their president Sr. Sharon Holland welcomed the report
‘ As it recognises our reality in its commonality and diversity and our achievements have been recognised with gratitude ‘.
We are yet awaiting a further report from Cardinal Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’ into the same Leadership Conference of Women Religious .
‘On behalf of We are Church Ireland we welcome the due recognition of these dedicated 50,000 American Sisters ‘ stated brendan Butler, Spokesperson of We are Church Ireland
Further Information ; Brendan Butler , 086 4054984