Letters: Mar. 16, 1970

The Man in the Pew

Sir: As one of the former priests about whom you so realistically wrote [Feb. 23], I wish to affirm your findings. The ordinary "John Doe" Catholic, educated by the structure, has had very little understanding of the problems within his ecclesiastical home. His approach to the priest has been obsequious, only because that is the way we trained him. He has looked at the priest as a celestial magician, and cannot fathom the exodus as anything but the work of the devil.

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