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Radical Nuns Okayed by Pope Francis

Pope Francis has done an about-face on the reform of the radical US nuns’ group:

 The Vatican has announced the unexpected conclusion of a controversial overhaul of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns — a major shift in tone and treatment of American nuns under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

The Vatican said Thursday it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished.”

So, the Vatican is declaring victory and going home. No one can possibly believe that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious have been reformed. This means one of two things:

1) that the Pope doesn’t think they need reforming; or

2) that the Pope has made a prudential decision that there’s nothing to be gained by pushing this further, because the radical orders are dying out anyway. Time and mortality shall accomplish the reform.

Either scenario is plausible.

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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