Religion: A Sense of Freedom, Joy and Rightness

HUNCHING forward on a chair in the living room of his adobe house in Santa Fe, N. Mex., James P. Shannon, former Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, talks concernedly about the exodus of priests and nuns. "What they need," says Shannon, "is some sort of reassurance that their 'one act' has not completely vitiated them as ministers, as priests, as human beings." Shannon knows what he is talking about. For his "one act"—marrying without dispensation Mrs. Ruth Wilkinson, 51* —he was automatically excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church....

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