Roman Catholics: Selective Faith

A take-it-or-leave-it attitude toward church doctrine and discipline is a growing characteristic of Roman Catholics in the U.S. Despite the promise of renewal represented by the Second Vatican Council, more and more young members of the church are deciding for themselves whether or not a teaching is valid for them. Unlike the time before the council, when an alienated Catholic felt that his choices were to still his doubts or defect, many Catholics today feel free to deny or ignore doctrines and yet also count themselves good members of the church.


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