Religion: To Save a Bankrupt

U.S. Roman Catholic bishops suffered a sore surprise last year. A $500,000 study they had commissioned reported that U.S. priests disagreed sharply with their hierarchy over matters of church discipline, liturgy and even moral teaching (TIME, April 26). Last week in Chicago, Priest-Sociologist Andrew Greeley, director of the priesthood study, told an ad hoc committee of bishops and priests what they should do about the results. His outspoken recommendations were hardly less painful than the study itself.

"Honesty compels me to say," Father Greeley noted in a sad prologue, "that I believe the...

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