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.