French Sisters Persecuted By the Vatican

French Sisters Persecuted By the Vatican – 3/7/18
The forty contemplative Little Sisters of Mary, the Mother of the Redemer, in Saint-Aignan-
sur-Roe, France, are persecuted by their liberal bishop Thierry Scherrer of Laval, writes (February 27).

The sisters run four old-peoples homes and formerly also served in the bishop’s house. Scherrer considers the sisters to be “too traditional”. He is specifically aggraveted by the fact that they decided during their 2012 general chapter to return to the old habit.

Because of a merger of the sisters’ nursing homes, Scherrer is now a member of the governing board of the civil association running them. No expert in the field he imposed management decisions without listening to any expert advice. Faced with the resistance of the sisters he ordered a canonic visit whose results were decided beforehand.

Scherrer got the Roman Congregation for Religious involved which suspended the council of the sisters and exiled the superior general and the master of novices of the community. Three liberal apostolic commisioners where imposed.

But the sisters refused to receive the commisioners and appealed against the measures at the Roman Signatura Apostolica.

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