May 21, 2012

I regret very much that Glen Argan chose to write the editorial, "Scrutiny of U.S. Nuns opens door to future renewal" (WCR, May 7).

In an unprecedented move, the Vatican placed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States under the direct supervision of the archbishop of Seattle. The decision does not come from the Sacred Congregation of Religious, but from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

While the editor admits that the Vatican does not provide much of the evidence that led to this drastic action, he apparently believes that the Vatican is simply helping these religious sisters from going astray.

There is no doubt that the Church is in deep trouble. Too many people are walking away. Too few young people are committed to the Church.

This is not the first crisis we have faced. It is, however, a wholly new crisis because we are no longer a Church where the argument from power and authority can "calm the waters."

There are millions of educated lay people, and thousands of heroic religious sisters who taught in our schools, and founded universities, colleges and huge health care systems.

They must be listened to, so that the Vatican can truly discern where the Spirit is leading all of us.

Edward Kennedy, CSsR