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Aug 6, 2012 1:00 PM by Joe Bevans

American nuns meet on accepting Vatican policy

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The largest group for American nuns is meeting this week in St. Louis to decide whether they should resist or accept a Vatican-ordered overhaul. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is set to hold its first national assembly since the Vatican orthodoxy watchdog accused the group in April of straying far from Roman Catholic doctrine. The organization represents 80 percent of the 57,000 U.S. nuns. The head of the conference, Sister Pat Farrell, said last week that questioning church teaching should not be seen as defiance. The Vatican critique inspired an outpouring of support for the nuns nationwide. Vigils are planned for several cities in support of the Leadership Conference during its meeting. The group has also drawn support from Congress for its work.

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