Roman Catholics: The World of the F.P.s

In the past 18 months, an estimated 400 priests have left the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. For most of them, the transition to secular life is a traumatic experience. Unless a cleric enjoys private means, he is usually broke; unless he has close relatives, he has no place to stay.

Fortunately for these ex-priests, a number of volunteer agencies have sprung up to help them make the adjustment to civilian life. Best known of these is Bearings for Re-Establishment, with headquarters in New York City and branches in five other cities. Founded last year by William Restivo, 36,...

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