Surprise! Femi-nuns Find Themselves Under the Microscope?

The increasing number of Catholics who have been calling for the Vatican to exert more influence on the Catholic Church in the U.S. are about to get their wish. No sooner had the ink dried on our May 2009 New Oxford Note “Song of the Boo-Birds” about the now-underway apostolic visitation of U.S. women’s religious orders that it was announced that the Holy See is preparing an additional investigation of consecrated women in the U.S. As detailed in that New Oxford Note, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) was directed by Pope Benedict XVI to “look into the quality of life” at the general and provincial houses and centers of initial formation of women religious in the U.S. This visitation, led by the Rev. Mother Mary Claire Millea, will take an estimated two years to complete.