In All Things
Pope Francis is being hailed around the world — and criticized by some in the U.S. — for his pivotal role in brokering the historic breakthrough in relations between Washington and Havana, a role attributed to his background as the first Latin American pope and to the special position he occupies.
“Pope Francis did what popes are supposed to do: Build bridges and promote peace,” Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski said after the announcement on Dec. 17 about the U.S.-Cuba rapprochement.
As 'The Colbert Report' comes to an close (its final episode airs tonight, Thursday, December 18), America talks with our own Fr. James Martin, S.J., dubbed "The Colbert Report's Chaplain," about the good humor and effective evangelization of our nation'...
Maybe Mother Clare Millea benefited from the low expectations that come with an impossible task. Whatever the case, the nun who heads the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus pulled off the apostolic visitation of all active nuns in the United States with a sense of aplomb and fairness. Kudos came from many places, including media that stood ready to pounce if anything seemed unfair.
So why did Mother Clare succeed despite predictions she would flame out?
David Domke is professor and chairman of the Department of Communication at the University of Washington. He teaches about political rhetoric, media relations and communication. He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota.
The Apostolic Visitation Final Report has been awaited, variously, with expectation, fear, or indifference by both American women religious and the larger church. In our currently polarized ideological climate, some looked forward to a document that would expose the sisters’ waywardness and demand specific reforms. Others viewed such an outcome with deep dread. Still others were so alienated from any initiative emanating from the hierarchy that they had already resolved to ignore it...
The recently released Apostolic Visitation Final Report acknowledges the challenges of contemporary vocation promotion for women religious.
The Final Report of the Apostolic Visitation of Women Religious in the United States is positive, realistic and hopeful. The report expresses gratitude for the lives and works of women religious, those of the past and of today. The methodology of the study allowed the Apostolic Visitors to hear the concerns of sisters and so the report lists challenges for religious institutes, many of which are not new but are put in a new and coherent context regarding our way of life in the church. But...
Catholic sisters in the United States can breathe a sigh of relief. The final report of the Vatican investigation of American women’s religious orders, issued today, is a positive, sometimes adulatory, document, which praises the many contributions of women religious in this country. It takes a generous approach and includes none of the critiques that many American sisters...
Mother Mary Clare Millea, Superior General of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart, was appointed by the Vatican to lead the Apostolic Visitation to Institutes of Religious Women of the United States. She is a native of Connecticut and entered the Congregation of the Sacred Heart in 1965. She holds a doctorate in canon law from the Lateran University in Rome and was elected superior general of her congregation in 2004. Mother Millea discussed the...
Never has so much been done for so few.
That paraphrase of Churchill’s statement on Britain’s defense of England in World War II can be said about efforts of religious orders to draw new members in the last half century. The concern runs through the much-awaited apostolic visitation final report, dated Sept. 8, 2014, and released Dec. 16 in Rome.