NEW YORK (AP) — A conflict that has entangled the Vatican, American
bishops and the largest umbrella group for U.S. nuns may seem to have
erupted suddenly, but it actually has its roots in decades-old disputes
over Roman Catholic teaching.
The headlines came in April, when
the Vatican orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the
Faith, concluded that the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had
strayed far from authentic doctrine and gave three American bishops the
authority to overhaul the organization.
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