Religion: Salesmen of Faith

"What's happened?" exclaimed a businessman as he stepped through the revolving doors of Chicago's Sheraton Hotel one day last week. The familiar lobby looked like the setting of a religious pageant; bishops and priests conversed discreetly in twos & threes where traveling salesmen had been wont to swap the latest tales of the road; nuns in flowing habits swept up & down the stairs. Everyone in sight seemed to be dressed in black, and this was just a handful of the 10,000 delegates, lay and clerical, to the Ninth National Congress of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.

The confraternity, founded in the...

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