What Cardinal Rode said in his U.S. visit last year

Cardinal Franc Rode, in his defense today of the Vatican’s apostolic visitation of U.S. women’s religious orders, said his trip to the United States one year ago helped him decide that the visitation would be beneficial. From today’s story:

He said his office already had been considering convoking an apostolic visitation when he traveled to the United States in 2008 for a symposium on religious life at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. The symposium was part of celebrations marking the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Boston.

“The multitude and complexity” of the problems and challenges facing U.S. religious were made clear by speakers at the symposium, the cardinal said.

“This helped me understand that such an evaluation of the challenges facing individual religious and their congregations would benefit the church at large as well as the sisters and institutes involved,” he said.

For our detailed story on last fall’s visit of Cardinal Rode, click here.

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  1. I am one of those who walked in 1968, left the Franciscan order I entered in 1961. My mother asked, “Why, now that things are getting easier?” I answered, I came from a belief that life was to be hell on earth to get to heaven to a belief that heaven begins now…I was not simply here to suffer and offer it up. Basically I left because I wanted marriage and children.
    Since then I have become an associate of the order…why…because the spirit of St. Francis caught fire in my soul and I want to walk with our sisters. Now the order stresses “unity, not uniformity”. Some wear the habit, most do not; some live together in small groups, some live in apartments…all get together who are able for celebrations and prayer services and I am honored to join them.
    I thank God the Bishops of California have spoken out against the “investigation”. With the problems in the church of those priests who prey on children, you would think the vatican would switch the investigation to why men trusted by God and Catholics use their office for power and outrage.
    As for me…last week, I put 2 cents in the collection and would continue until I heard the Bishops had spoken out. Now at least in California, I can continue to support our church. Peace and blessings, Carol Valine Zarek

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