May 21, 2012

While a Vatican investigation or demand for reform can feel like the end of the world to the group or institution involved, Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Fla., said his experience has been that such actions are not devastating and actually can be opportunities.

Lynch spoke to Catholic News Service May 10 about his advice to U.S. religious women after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith ordered a reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, an organization of superiors of most of the women's orders in the United States.

The bishop told CNS he did not think the Vatican move was encouraged by U.S. bishops, who "prize and love" the sisters in their dioceses.