Sister Hilary Ross in the lab. Photo courtesy of Daughters of Charity.
As a generational and cultural divide causes more nuns to be more
progressive, the Catholic Church is investigating the umbrella group
that represents most women's orders, asking them to clarify their stand
on three key issues: homosexuality, the ordination of women, and the
Church as the only path to salvation. But many in the Leadership
Conference of Women Religious are balking at the pressure from the Vatican.
"We've come too far to step back into something we wouldn't believe in," says Sister Nancy Schreck.