Religion: Obey or Leave

And so a nun quits

"In my heart, I'm still a nun." So said Agnes Mary Mansour last week as she announced plans to leave the Sisters of Mercy of the Union rather than step down as Michigan's director of social services.

Appointed to the job last December, Mansour, 52, originally had the blessing of Detroit's Archbishop Edmund Szoka, even though her agency would administer $5.7 million a year for abortions. But Szoka insisted that the nun state her opposition to such outlays, since the church holds abortion to be an "unspeakable crime." Although...

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