The Vatican's congregation for religious life has summoned to Rome the superior of a major order of US Sisters, asking her to "report on some areas of concern" following the controversial six-year investigation of the country's women religious.
- Global Sisters Report
The head of the Sisters of Loretto, a Kentucky-based community founded in the early 19th century to educate pioneer children but now known for strong stands on social justice issues, has been asked to explain alleged "ambiguity" in the order's adherence to Church teaching and its way of living religious life.
While the summons from the Vatican's Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life is directed specifically at the Sisters of Loretto, it may raise questions for other US women religious communities of apostolic life, who were subject to an unprecedented Vatican inquiry, known as an apostolic visitation, starting in 2008.
Although the congregation formally closed that visitation in December 2014 with the release of a report on the state of religious life in the US, it has in at least this instance used material gathered in the investigation to inquire into the life of the order.
Loretto President Sr Pearl McGivney announced her summoning to Rome in a short June 1 letter to her order's members.
In her letter, a copy of which was obtained by GSR, Sr McGivney says she has been asked to visit the Vatican in October to report on five so-called "areas of concern."