Religion: A Campaign to Retire Father O'Malley

Roman Catholic priests, it seems, are bedeviled by false images in Gotham. According to Father George Thompson, vocations director of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, many New Yorkers see their priests in the Father O'Malley image made popular by Bing Crosby in Going My Way three decades ago—a genial sort of fellow who solves parish problems so deftly that he has plenty of time to write and croon catchy tunes. Others, whether Catholic themselves or not, view priests as troubled souls who may soon debark from the ministry to marry, or...

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