Religion: On Borrowed Time

"I am intruding on borrowed time," said James Francis Cardinal Mclntyre. "To be a borrower, even of time, has its attendant risks to all." With that, the crusty, 83-year-old prelate announced last week that he was resigning as Archbishop of Los Angeles, a diocese he has governed for 22 years.

For many of the troubled priests, unhappy nuns and angry minority groups in Los Angeles, Mclntyre had borrowed too much time, at too high a rate of interest. Many church members still active in his archdiocese are remarkably loyal, but a number of progressive Catholics, laity and religious alike, have simply dropped...

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