Religion: A Struggle to Keep the Faith

American Catholics are torn between change and loyalty

Beneath the Vatican's stern and watchful gaze, the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. sometimes must seem like an unruly teenager. Rather like an adolescent, the U.S. church demands the right to experiment and to be "relevant." Like any prudent parent, Pope John Paul II is seeking to exercise a firm hand without alienating. Consider some of the family conflicts over the past few weeks:

In Chicago, 1,200 nuns and lay women from 37 states gathered to protest teachings that limit the role of women in the...

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