Books: The Church-as-She

DIVINE DISOBEDIENCE: PROFILES IN CATHOLIC RADICALISM by Francine du Plessix Gray. 322 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

For many American Roman Catholics over 30, religious faith is both a disturbed and disturbing reality of their lives. The Holy Mother Church of their childhood has become a rather wayward lady who has cast off her Latin, fish days, and half the saints on her calendar. Even bishops have reopened discussion on doctrines that were recently thought to be as unassailable as the existence of God. For some, Pope John's revolution and the Second Vatican Council have seemed...

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