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The Vatican's Crackdown on American Nuns and Gen. Grant's Jewish Expulsion
May 04, 2012
Summary: The Vatican gets tough on nuns and the most notorious anti-Jewish order in U.S. government history.
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American Nuns: Obeying Their Consciences or Straying From Doctrine? May 04, 2012
"Serious doctrinal problems." That was the Vatican’s official verdict on the largest leadership group of nuns in America.

Among the Vatican's complaints in their April assessment of the Leadership Council of Women Religious: the group is silent on core issues like abortion and homosexuality.

Reactions are mixed. Some say that nuns, as vowed members of the Catholic Church, must first be obedient to the Vatican. Others say the church is changing, and that nuns are following their consciences. Two Catholic women - a feminist theologian and conservative journalist – debate the validity of the Vatican’s statement.

Pictured: Members of the Leadership Council at a demonstration for social justice.

Laurie Goodstein, national religion correspondent for The New York Times

Ann Carey, author of "Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women's Religious Communities"

Mary Hunt, co-founder and co-director of Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual 
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When General Grant Expelled the Jews May 04, 2012
One hundred and fifty years ago, General Ulysses S. Grant ordered all the Jews under his territorial command to leave and never come back. Where they went didn’t matter; he just wanted them to go, and within 24 hours. It was a clumsy attempt to solve a widespread problem of illegal business trading, which Grant blamed on Jews "as a class." One of the most prestigious historians of American Judaism tells the tale.

Jonathan Sarna, author of "When General Grant Expelled the Jews"