Alongside the new abbess, Sister Mary Jacinta was elected vicar and three other nuns were elected councilors on July 29.
Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities Rio Grande Valley in McAllen, said the new order gave her “great sadness,” and urged its reversal.
The vandalism is "heartbreaking, but sadly it is becoming more and more common these days," the pastor said in a statement.
Some dioceses have communicated internally with their priests on Traditiones Custodes, but have not yet issued public statements.
Notably missing from the legislation was the Hyde Amendment, first passed by Congress in 1976. The policy, normally enacted as part of federal spending bills, prohibits federal funding of elective abortions in Medicaid.
‘Pride and Prejudice,’ Msgr. Burrill and Spiritual Fruitfulness: Let the Light Shine in the Darkness
COMMENTARY: It is no accident that fruitfulness is now missing on the spiritual level. With some exceptions, it has been all but abandoned by the culture and even the faithful.
The mandate applies to all employees regardless of whether they provide direct patient care or whether they work remotely.
For Catholics who prefer the ordinary form of the Mass, Bishop Tobin said they must consider if they treat Mass “with a total respect and reverence that the Mass deserves and demands.”
Pro-life leaders criticized the omission of these ‘riders’ from the spending bills.