Religion: To Rome & Return

The Rev. William Purcell Witcutt's mouth clicked shut like a snap lock when British reporters tried to interview him six years ago on his reasons for quitting the Roman Catholic Church and rejoining the Church of England. This week the lock opened smoothly with U.S. publication of Anglican Witcutt's Return to Reality (Macmillan; $1.65)—a well-written attack upon Roman Catholic doctrine.

In 1928 Witcutt, son of a Staffordshire merchant tailor, was studying law at Birmingham University when the attraction of G.K. Chesterton's anti-industrial theory of "Distributism" led him to Rome. Distributists took one look at the misery of the workingman and concluded that...

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