Religion: The Trouble with U.S. Catholics

European Roman Catholics have lately been eying the prosperous establishment of U.S. Catholicism like down-at-heel gentry looking over a forgotten cousin who has struck it rich. Surveying its growth, Novelist Evelyn Waugh found it, for his English taste, a bit too Irish: "In New York on St. Patrick's Day . . . the stranger might well suppose that Catholicism was a tribal cult." Last week, U.S. Catholic readers of the Parisian daily Le Monde got a chance to see themselves through the unblinking eyes of a Frenchman.

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