Roman Catholics: The Restive Nuns

In 1947, St. Louis-born Marilyn Morheuser entered the Roman Catholic Sisters of Loretto. After 16 years as a nun, she left the order to become a civil rights worker in Milwaukee. "I was happy," she recalls of her convent life. "But it was like being in a box with windows in it. You can see things happening outside. You want to help, but you can't, because you're inside the box."

Marilyn Morheuser is not the only American Catholic nun to decide that the only way to live her faith is to jump out...

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