Religion: Sin v. The Monsignor


To Monsignor Joseph A. McCaffrey, it often seemed as if the devil himself had been the architect of his parish. At night, the streets teem with vagrants, homosexuals and brazen hookers. Bookstores flaunt their pornographic wares, and nudie movie houses flicker a mix of erotica and violence almost until dawn. As pastor of New York's Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church on 42nd Street, only two blocks off Broadway, McCaffrey spent 36 years crusading against the seamy side of the Great White Way. Acting like a one-man Legion of Decency, he won the...

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