Lesbian Ex-Nuns Evoke Irish Protest

United Press International

Two American former nuns who became lesbians and wrote a best-selling book arrived on an Irish publicity tour and were met by outraged Roman Catholic pickets.

Nearly 100 people protested at the offices of the Irish state radio and television network, RTE, against the appearance of Rosemary Curb, 45, and Nancy Manahan, 39, on a late-night television talk show. The show had been cleared by network executives.

The pickets described the appearance late Friday night by the authors of “Lesbian Nuns--Breaking Silence” as a “platform for perversion and indecency.” Their book has been condemned by the Catholic Church. More than 90% of people in the Irish Republic are Catholics.

A network official said telephone switchboards lit up with protest calls even before the program began.