A decree from the Vatican on May 31 has come down in favor of Bp. Michael Olson over his investigation of a Carmelite convent in his diocese, but the nuns' lawyer noted a number of issues which he argues render the document invalid.
It sounds disproportionate, to say the least, that the Holy See, which is so committed in words to distancing itself from mingling with the temporal power and so zealous in preaching the separation of Church and State, would not hesitate to unleash public force against thirteen Sisters whose only wrong was having wanted to remain faithful to their proper charism as Benedictines.
The goal that animates the entire action of this pontificate is of an ideological bent: to normalize religious life to the new pauperist, migrationist, environmentalist, ecumenical, and synodal paradigm.
This development must be seen in light of the attempts by Rome to steer the traditional contemplative orders, such as the Carmelite nuns in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, away from their original and stricter charisms.