The different treatment of women religious has been a sore spot for many since the Council. Arrangements and penalties were applied in the past to protect the chastity and reputation of women. Even in the 60’s, there was recognition from the council bishops that old arrangements were heading for change.
Papal cloister should be maintained in the case of nuns engaged exclusively in the contemplative life. However, it must be adjusted to conditions of time and place and obsolete practices suppressed. This should be done after due consultation with the monasteries in question. But other nuns applied by rule to apostolic work outside the convent should be exempted from papal cloister in order to enable them better to fulfill the apostolic duties entrusted to them. Nevertheless, cloister is to be maintained according to the prescriptions of their constitutions.
Any religious women care to comment further on this and give us more background?