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Battle of wills: Tiny order of French nuns takes on Vatican

The Vatican is locked in a battle of wills with nuns in a tiny French religious order who are threatening to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior

Reported by: AP [ Published on: December 08, 2018 20:15 IST ]
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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has an unusual dilemma on its hands after nearly all the nuns in a tiny French religious order threatened to renounce their vows rather than accept the Holy See's decision to remove their superior.

The sisters argue that the Vatican commissioners sent to replace their superior general, who is also the niece of the order's founder, have no understanding of their way of life or spirituality. The church's conclusion — contained in a summary of its investigation provided this week to The Associated Press — is that the Little Sisters of Marie, Mother of the Redeemer are living "under the tight grip" of an "authoritarian" superior.

The standoff marks an extraordinary battle of wills between the Vatican hierarchy and the group of 39 nuns, who run homes for the aged in rural western and southern France.

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