Roman Catholics: The Father Takes a Wife

To students at the Jesuit-run University of Detroit, Father Lawrence Cross, 47, has long been something of a campus favorite. A softspoken, scholarly, almost humorless teacher, he was head of the university's sociology department and an active member of several civil rights organizations, including the N.A.A.C.P. and an interracial council that fought blockbusting real estate agents. Last week Father Cross's students and fellow priests were stunned when the Detroit papers front-paged the shocking report that he had gotten married—and more than that, to a former nun, 37-year-old Joan Renaud.

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