Roman Catholics: A Theologian Defects

The Rev. Charles Davis is England's leading Roman Catholic theologian. A peritus (expert) at the Second Vatican Council, he has been editor of the Clergy Review, a provocative intellectual monthly aimed at priests, professor of theology at Jesuit-run Heythrop College, Oxfordshire, and has written several well-reviewed theological tomes. Understandably, England's Catholics were shocked last week when Father Davis announced that after 20 years as a priest he was leaving the church. Compounding the shock, Davis, 43, also said that he intended to marry an American Catholic, Florence Henderson, 36, of Farmingdale, N.Y.,...

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