34 out of the 39 sisters of the Little Sisters of Mary have asked to be dispensed from their vows. Founded in 1949, they run four nursing homes in the dioceses of Laval and Toulouse, France. The sisters use the Novus Ordo in Latin. In 2012 they returned to their old habit.
The community suffered two canonical visitations in 2016 and 2018 being accused of “sectarian excesses“. The sisters called the report issued after the second visitation “a caricature” and a “pre-trial judgment”.
The mother superior and the novice mistress where exiled to distant monasteries and replaced with three modernist commissioners. All the canonical appeals and pleas for mercy were ignored.
One commissioner, Sister Geneviève Médeviellem, teaches at the Catholic Institute in Paris and claims that fornication can be justified.
On September 17, Cardinal Braz de Aviz, head of the Congregation for Religious, ordered the sisters to accept the commissioner “without reserve” lest they would be dismissed.
34 sisters announced on November 7 that they had decided in conscience to ask their vows to be dissolved.
In the past, the Vatican has already destroyed the sisters of Auerbach, Germany, the contemplative sisters of Saint John, France, and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, Italy. All of them were blessed with many vocations.
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