You can read the National Chismatic Reporter's (NCR) take on it here. While I usually criticize this post-Catholic publication, I have to say that it's article is the best I have read thus far and shows where the Vatican criticizes those orders that have abandoned an outward sign in their dress (habit) and common community as well as orthodox Liturgy, prayer and theology:
From the NCR:
The report also acknowledges that many women's communities are developing programs for lay people in order to carry on their charisms in an age of fewer vocations.
"This Congregation praises these creative ways of sharing the charismatic gifts given by the Holy Spirit to the Church and asks that the essential difference between the vowed religious and the dedicated lay persons who maintain a special relationship with the institute be respected and celebrated," it states.
In the second area, the report again expresses gratitude to the women for their work in promoting new vocations to religious life but also obliquely criticizes U.S. women's communities who have chosen not to wear religious habits following the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
"Vocation and formation personnel interviewed noted that candidates often desire the experience of living in formative communities and many wish to be externally recognizable as consecrated women," states the report.
"This is a particular challenge in institutes whose current lifestyle does not emphasize these aspects of religious life," it continues.
The report also makes similar oblique, but sharp, critiques of the women in other areas, especially regarding the prayer life of their communities.
In a section titled "Praying with the Church," the report states that a review of the constitutions and other decrees of the women's communities "generally revealed that institutes have written guidelines for the reception of the sacraments and sound spiritual practices."
But the report continues: "This Congregation asks the members of each institute to evaluate their actual practice of liturgical and common prayer. We ask them to discern what measures need to be taken to further foster the sisters’ intimate relationship with Christ and a healthy communal spirituality based on the Church’s sacramental life and sacred Scripture."
"Caution is to be taken not to displace Christ from the center of creation and of our faith," it states. "This Dicastery calls upon all religious institutes to carefully review their spiritual practices and ministry to assure that these are in harmony with Catholic teaching about God, creation, the Incarnation and the Redemption."
The visitation is one of two investigations of U.S. women religious launched by different Vatican offices in recent years. The other investigation is a doctrinal assessment of an umbrella group of U.S. sisters known as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and is being led by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Tuesday's report does not concern the investigation of the LCWR.