BBC NEWS, WASHINGTON
20 APRIL 2012
The leader of a group of US nuns the Vatican accuses of flouting Church teaching has rejected the claims.
"I've no idea what they're talking about," Sister Simone Campbell, head of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby, told the BBC.
"Our role is to live the gospel with those who live on the margins of society. That's all we do."
On Wednesday the Vatican announced a crackdown on US nuns long considered too liberal by the church hierarchy.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a highly critical report that accused US nuns of engaging in "corporate dissent" and of ignoring, or worse, challenging the church's teachings on abortion, homosexuality and an all-male priesthood.