Roman Catholics: In His Own Society

"Piety based on error is indefensible," says Father John Lawrence McKenzie, and the error that he refers to is the fundamentalist misreading of Scripture. A witty and outspoken Jesuit scholar from Indiana, McKenzie considers it his right and duty to set his fellow churchmen straight about the Bible, which was not open to critical study by Roman Catholics until Pius XII encouraged it in his 1943 encyclical on Scriptural studies. In so doing, McKenzie, at 55, has become the nation's most controversial and quotable Catholic theologian—perhaps because there is all of a...

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