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What Should the Vatican Say to the (Last Generation of) Nuns?

posted on June 20, 2012

At Religion Dispatches, Peter Manseau reflects on the lives of his mother and her friends, all nuns and former nuns. Manseau explains why some nuns today are challenging the authority of the Vatican. Manseau writes that, as these young religious women left the novitiate, where they were required to ask their superiors’ permission to “rise, wash, dress, [and] use prayer books,” and started their ministry work, these nuns “discovered they no longer needed to ask permission to pick up pins and needles, or to do anything else that obviously needed to be done.”

Read at Religion Dispatches