Religion: What to Wear?

James Francis Cardinal Mclntyre of Los Angeles, who has had more than his share of troubles with unruly young priests, is currently at odds with a covey of nuns: his city's Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The roots of the quarrel go back to last fall, when the sisters, who have 182 teachers in 35 of the archdiocese's schools, approved a number of experimental changes in their rules—most notably the right to wear secular clothing, including skirts and blouses in classrooms. Mclntyre, an archfoe of Catholic renewal, let the sisters know that...

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