The commission investigating the historic treatment of unmarried mothers and their children in religious-run care homes in Ireland has dismissed claims that an underground burial plot was in fact a sewage tank.
The outrage sparked by the program "Abused Sisters: The Other Scandal of the Church" on the Franco-German public television channel ARTE, which aired in early March, has led many French Catholics to raise their voices to call for new measures to make sure these crimes do not happen again.
GSR recently held a discussion with Sr. Carmen Sammut, president of UISG; Sr. Pat Murray, executive director of UISG; Sr. Sharlet Wagner, president of the LCWR; and Sr. Carol Zinn, executive director of LCWR, about abuse of sisters, the role of women in the church, interreligious dialogue and work at the margins.
Indian police charged Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar of repeatedly raping a nun in her rural convent, the Associated Press reported. The bishop was charged April 9 with rape, illegal confinement and intimidation, said Hari Sankar, a district police chief in the predominantly Catholic state of Kerala.
The book contains the many voices of international sisters and their experiences in the U.S., and allows them to be heard and seen in a collective way.
Pope Francis has made it easier for a religious order to dismiss a member who leaves the community without permission, stays away and does not communicate with his or her superior. In a document titled Communis Vita, the pope amended the Code of Canon Law to include an almost automatic dismissal of religious who are absent without authorization for at least 12 months.
Our community has six women in initial monastic formation, and two more who are set to join them within the next few months. These eight women will now be attempting to meld together into a like-minded faith group to foster, enliven and engage in this life with us.
Veteran theologians and young seminary students who gathered at a public event March 10 at the Mary Louis Academy in the New York City borough of Queens to discuss accomplishments and ongoing challenges for female theologians and biblical scholars.
With the director a "none" — a religiously unaffiliated millennial — herself, the 2015 film about three U.S. sisters made a fitting centerpiece for attendees of the Washington event during National Catholic Sisters Week.
The sixth annual celebration of Catholic women religious, which always begins March 8, International Women's Day, and runs through March 14, has a record number of events planned. National Catholic Sisters Week, which focuses on getting laypeople to engage with sisters, continues to grow in part because the program staff have made it easier than ever to participate.
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