Accusations of stolen cash and silver, forged business records and slander have been hurled between two groups of nuns, the Spokesman-Review reports.
The episode has resulted in a police investigation at the request of the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Ghost, who claim that two members of their convent left, but not before stealing the items and turning them over to a rival convent at Mount St. Michael in Washington state.
The convents are affiliated with different breakaway sects of the modern Catholic Church. They are considered traditionalist Roman Catholics who believe in the papacy, but do not recognize Benedict XVI as the true pope. They only offer the traditional Latin Mass.
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Marie de Montfort, the reverend mother of the Missionary Sisters affiliated with Our Lady of Guadalupe Roman Catholic Church, complained to Spokane Valley police that personal and personnel files, financial records, credit card numbers, her religious order’s corporate seal, and other items were stolen from safes and a business office by the nuns who departed her convent.