Sister Pat Farrell, Leadership Conference of Women Religious
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Nuns meet with Vatican over 'radical feminist' accusations

13 June 2012 Last updated at 11:26 BST

Leaders of the largest group of US nuns have met Vatican officials in a bid to defuse an escalating row.

The nuns, accused of adopting "certain radical feminist themes", were told by the Vatican their group remained "under the supreme direction of the Holy See".

They responded by stating they would return to the United States to consider their next move.

A Vatican report in April said the nuns of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious had ignored Church teachings.

Russell Trott reports.