Pope Francis to nuns: “Don’t be old maids”
Posted by Melinda Henneberger on May 8, 2013 at 9:59 am
…The Associated Press reports that in an audience Wednesday, “Pope Francis has told nuns from around the world that they must be spiritual mothers and not ‘old maids.’”
I am at a loss to see how this could be other than insulting to women who’ve already given up having families of their own to serve God. And the pontiff compounds this impression by going on to warn the sisters against “using their vocations for personal ambition….”
“The Vatican decision last year to place the main representative group of U.S. Catholic sisters under the control of bishops was made without consultation or knowledge of the Vatican office that normally deals with matters of religious life, the office’s leader said Sunday.
That lack of discussion over whether to criticize the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), said Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, caused him “much pain.”
“We have to change this way of doing things,” said Braz de Aviz, head of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious.
“We have to improve these relationships,” he continued, referring to the April 2012 order regarding LCWR from the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — approved by Pope Benedict XVI — that ordered the U.S. sisters’ group to revise.”