Religion: A Parish that Copes and Hopes

Some thought it was near sacrilege. In a few short months during 1969 the interior of the 78-year-old St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Hicksville, Long Island, was radically transformed. Two side altars and their six statues, two more statues on the main altar, the devotional candles and the altar rail were all removed. Most dramatically, a new crucifix was hung behind the altar. Instead of a suffering Jesus in traditional style, worshipers now saw a modernist risen Christ, his arms raised in triumph.

The instigator of these changes—all of which were in the spirit...

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