“The Vatican said Monday that Pope Francis supports the Holy See’s crackdown on the largest umbrella group of U.S. nuns, dimming hopes that a Jesuit pope whose emphasis on the poor mirrored the nuns’ own social outreach would take a different approach than his predecessor.”
So begins the AP report.
Of course the pope isn’t going to dismantle the “crackdown” on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. To do so would be to invite all the wrong conclusions; immediately the mass media would jump to the conclusion that Francis was a friend to every aberration that has floated down the Tiber in the last fifty years.
I said when the thing began that it was unwise; these are old ladies in dying congregations, and their influence is minimal. It may have made sense to try and straighten them out twenty or thirty years ago, but it makes little now.
I doubt very much that Francis would have initiated this, but he is not going to be seen contradicting his predecessor, let alone giving solace to those intent on jettisoning the Faith.
After all, duh, the pope is Catholic.
And also, duh, this has nothing to do with the poor; God bless the sisters for their love of the poor, but one can love the impoverished without flirting with heterodoxy.