Religion: Full Circle

When young William Purcell Witcutt was studying for the Anglican ministry some 20 years ago, he met Roman Catholicism's famed Author-Convert G. K. Chesterton. Under Chesterton's influence, Witcutt renounced his faith. In 1934 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest, and was assigned to St. Anne's parish, Wappenbury. His sermons and writings (including Catholic Thought and Modern Psychology) were so successful that by last year, at 41, he was regarded as close to the top rank of England's Catholic literati. Then suddenly, last October, he disappeared, and until a month ago stayed out of sight.

When he came out of hiding, he...

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