Religion: Getting into Arguments

"A Catholic may go about in nearly every part of this country without encountering so much as a lifted eyebrow, even if perchance he be a priest and wear a Roman collar. But if he wants an argument, one is to be had anywhere . . . and he will then learn that the church to which he belongs is an object of fear, suspicion, resentment, and more or less abrasive jocosity."

So writes President George N. Shuster of Manhattan's Hunter College in his foreword to Catholicism in America (Harcourt, Brace; $3.75). The new...

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