Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

October 18, 2012

Pope names Vatican official to head Indianapolis


The Associated Press

Vatican City — The pope has transferred a Vatican official who openly sought to mend the Vatican's frayed fences with U.S. nuns, naming him archbishop of Indianapolis.

The Vatican announced the long-rumored appointment of Archbishop-elect Joseph Tobin on Thursday.

Pope Benedict XVI had tapped Tobin, a Redemptorist priest, to be the No. 2 official in the Vatican's office for religious orders in 2010. At the time, the Vatican had initiated two separate investigations of U.S. nuns, looking into both their quality of life and their doctrinal orthodoxy.

The investigations were initiated following years of complaints from theological conservatives that American nuns had grown too secular and political while abandoning traditional faith.

In press interviews, Tobin had acknowledged the hurt many nuns felt over the Vatican's crackdown and called for a strategy of reconciliation.