Women Religious Refuse to Answer Vatican Questionnaire
Many American Roman Catholic women religious are refusing to answer the questionnaire sent to them by the Vatican as part of a larger study to check up on the practices of women religious communities, including whether their forms of worship conform to RC standards. Even after the Vatican removed some of the questions that women religious (aka nuns) had found objectionable, and with the deadline for responding approaching, only about 1% have participated in the questionnaire phase. Some elected instead to send letters to the Vatican with what they feel is the relevant information, according to an article titled "Women Religious Not Complying with Vatican Study," in The National Catholic Reporter Online. The article quotes one Sister as calling the Vatican action an "unjust affront to women religious." Another said that many women religious believe that the Vatican investigation is part of an effort to regain control over women religious congregations. Still others compared the investigation to "abuse" and "violence." You can read the entire questionnaire through a pdf link in the NCR Online story.
Thanks to the Wild Hunt for tipping us off to this story.
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