[quote="miyuki, post:9, topic:301844"]
Apologies, as a non-Catholic I didn't realise I shouldn't use that word.
But my original questions still stand:
How many orders are not in communion with Rome and is there like an official list somewhere? I was really surprised. You wouldn't think young women would want to be nuns if they weren't in communion with Rome, would you?
There is no list that I am aware of that shows what communities are not in communion with Rome.
This requires that the inquirer do a little home work to determine such.
As for joining a community not in communion with Rome. The discernment of joining a community requires that one discern if they feel a call to join that community. The community then acknowledges this by actually calling the individual forward for vows.
For me community with Rome was a must. There are those who do not think this is important and feel drawn to these sorts of communities. If they didn't they would not exist.
It is not some shell game where they trick you into it. Discernment is a long and involved process.