Books: Naughts and Crosses

Catholics

by BRIAN MOORE

107 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston.

$4.95.

The time is some uncertain date in the 1990s, and the sign of the cross has become an anachronism. A Third and Fourth Vatican Council have come and gone. The Vatican, now thoroughly embroiled in a highly ecumenical superchurch, dutifully processes assignments through World Ecumen Council headquarters in Amsterdam. Priests skitter about the world in gray-green denim fatigues, carrying musette bags and spreading a gospel of social revolution. The father general of an old monastic order called the Albanesians is preparing to preside...