VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Dozens of women who attended a Rhode Island high school run by the Legion of Christ religious order have urged the Vatican to close the program.
The women sent a letter to the pope's envoy running the Legion to denounce the manipulation, deception and disrespect they say they suffered at the Immaculate Conception Academy in Wakefield. It says the psychological abuse they endured trying to live like teenage nuns led to multiple cases of anorexia, stress-induced migraines, depression and even suicidal thoughts.
The school's current director said things have changed recently and many of the spiritual and psychological abuses have been corrected. But she acknowledged the harm done, apologized for the women's suffering and asked for forgiveness.
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