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Submitted by Luke (not verified) on

Your beliefs shine through your words. Test your faith.

Submitted by Luke Whittaker (not verified) on

Mr Waters: my point was that your comments clearly suggest your stance that we have options when it comes to principles. We do not. Take the lead of the Catholic Church from Rome on this point (the Holy Spirit works from the top down, not from the bottom up).

I mentioned the issue of being able to vote once, because, on some polls, you are in fact permitted to vote more than once.

People sometimes go back to polls repeatedly trying to vote. They can get frustrated or lose interest in the results, which I don't think any of us want. It helps to know up front.

Kind regards!

Fr. Z

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Mr. Walters,

When you say "This would be an effort to exert unjust influence over a debate," you are misunderstanding one critical point. There is no debate. The Holy See has spoken, it is the job of the religious orders to submit. It is time is long over due for the scandal created by these religious orders to end.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Mr. Walters,

When you say "This would be an effort to exert unjust influence over a debate," you are misunderstanding one critical point. There is no debate. The Holy See has spoken, it is the job of the religious orders to submit. It is time is long over due for the scandal created by these religious orders to end.

Submitted by Douglas Naaden (not verified) on

In Academia, you have to uphold standards and get reviewed. If you bear the name ___________ (be it Catholic Institution or Biology Department) you ought to be just that. And somebody's got to hold your feet to the fire.

As someone who was interviewed and toured visitators around during the analogous visitation of seminaries and faculties of theology, I think this is a good thing. We are a community, and it's always good to be in dialogue and to check on each other.

Submitted by Tom A. (not verified) on

Recently, the Vatican also conducted a visitation to seminaries in the wake of the abuse scandal and a visitation to the Legion of Christ to determine their future. Both were done out of love for the Church and those in it. I am not sure why the LCWR is hostile to this visit if there is nothing to hide. No one can deny that the numbers of religious sisters has declined drastically in the past few decades. Maybe, just maybe, if all have an open heart, some concrete suggestions could help spark vocations. If not, those orders who have seen great decline will no longer exist as the aging population advances.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

As I post this comment the tally is 73% in favor of the visitation! This overwhelming level of support shows that U.S. Catholics desire to help women religious and foster the weakened orders back to health.

I am curious if the same 26% in this poll who are against strengthening women religious orders in the US are the same ones enacting losing policies within these orders? It is madness to see failure and continue to do the same thing thinking eventually failed action will create winning results.

I hope these orders accept the help they need in charity - for it is through love that we may love others and also through love that we may accept the love of others. Let us pray that human frailty, pride and anger give way to love.

Submitted by Amy P. (not verified) on

When those who seek to attack the all-male priesthood, the Church's teachings on marriage/abortion/contraception/women, and those traditionalists who believe that Catholicism actually stands for something more eternal than the cause du jour, we'll leave your precious poll alone.

If the women religious didn't want a visit, then perhaps they should focus their orders and vocations on serving CHRIST through serving others and not turn their orders into bastions of liberal politics, heterodox "theology", and contempt for the Holy Father, the Catechism, and Catholicism. This whining does not paint them as victims; it shows they've got something to hide.

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