November 02, 2017

Sister Nancy Baur, assistant professor, canon law, spoke about new guidelines for women religious. The Global Sisters Report covered the talk.

... Nearly 600 sisters, priests, brothers and lay people are attending the conference, which runs from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3, with sessions on topics such as the legal and canonical implications of governance decisions when a community is approaching completion. Bauer is a canon lawyer and an assistant professor of canon law specializing in consecrated life at The Catholic University of America. Bauer noted the modifications made by Francis continue a succession of the changes made since those issued in 1950 by Pope Pius XII, which were the first since 1298 to loosen rules regarding cloister rather than making them stricter. "There's a development. It's not like Vultum came out of thin air," Bauer said. "Over the centuries, the rules for cloister have become stricter and stricter, and what Pius was saying was that some had become too isolated and some had become economically destitute." ...

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