VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI transferred to the United States on Thursday a high-ranking Holy See official who had ruffled feathers at the Vatican by openly seeking to mend frayed ties with US nuns. Archbishop Joseph Tobin, a 60-year-old American Redemptorist priest, was named archbishop of Indianapolis, where he succeeds Archbishop Daniel Buechlein, who retired last year.
Benedict had tapped Tobin, a two-time superior general of the Redemptorist religious order, 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 US nuns, looking into quality of life and doctrinal orthodoxy.