Before the year dedicated to consecrated life begins in November, the Vatican Vongregation for religious hopes to release its final report on the 2009-2010 visitation of US women's communities, reports CNS in America.
Archbishop Jose Rodriguez Carballo, Secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, said: 'We are working intensely on the final report, and after careful study and consideration, we think it will be made public soon. We're at a good point. I think we can conclude it before the beginning of the Year for Consecrated Life' in November.
The former Prefect of the Congregation, Cardinal Franc Rode, initiated the visitation in January, 2009, saying its aim would be to study the community, prayer and apostolic life of the orders to learn why the number of religious women in the United States had declined so sharply since the 1960s.
Archbishop Rodriguez Carballo and Cardinal Joao Braz de Aviz, the current Congregation Prefect, spoke to reporters on January 31 at the Vatican.
Cardinal Aviz said the visitation of U.S. communities of women was completely separate from the Vatican-ordered reform of the US-based Leadership Conference of Women Religious. The LCWR process, which he said is ongoing, is not the responsibility of his office, but of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which in 2012 ordered a reform of the group to ensure its fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality.
The Maryland-based LCWR is a Vatican-recognised organisation, that includes about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's religious communities, representing about 80 percent of the country's 57,000 women religious.
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