Religion: Lay Theology

Six young Roman Catholic men in San Francisco last week put behind them for good six ordinary jobs and took up a new profession that they expect to find richly idealistic and well paid, too: lay theology. Once trained, they will be charged with bringing—by the force of their reasoning and knowledge—thousands of Californians, Arizonans and Nevadans into the Catholic Church.

They had already studied for a year; this week they said goodbye to their families and disappeared behind the walls of San Francisco University's Phelan Hall atop one of the city's hills, to...

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