Religion: America's Nunnery

Monastic orders for men & women have long existed in the Anglo-Catholic wings of the Anglican and Episcopal churches, but not in other Protestant sects. One Susan Miles wrote from Texas last July to The Christian Century: "Why don't we have a Protestant sisterhood? I know dozens of fine, intelligent women who would be glad to embrace the cloistered, yet useful life. And while all this energy is going to waste, we are having to close our schools and hospitals. Are we still so anti-Catholic that we cannot countenance so practical a plan? I'd...

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