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4 Anti-VCR Nuns Seal Themselves in Monastery Wing

Associated Press

Four nuns critical of recent modernizations such as television and videotaped movies in their monastery have barricaded themselves in a wing because they fear that they will be ejected.

The Roman Catholic nuns, aged 28 to 45, sealed themselves Tuesday morning in the infirmary of the Monastery of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel and remained there today.

The nuns, members of the Order of the Discalced Carmelites, said monastery officials told them four months ago that they would have to move because of sharp differences in the way the cloister should be run. The order is a cloistered group devoted to daily prayer and contemplation in solitude.

However, Paterson Bishop Frank John Rodimer said today that the women will not be ejected and that a suitable monastery is being sought for them.

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