Catholicism and American Freedom
A History, from Slavery to Abortion
by John T. McGreevy
W. W. Norton \& Company, $26.95, 407 pp.
There was a moment when American liberalism, our dominant intellectual culture, and Roman Catholicism embraced. John F. Kennedy had dispelled the long-lived fear that a Catholic president would take his ideas, his orders even, from Rome and never at heart be a pluralist. Young Catholic clergy and the graduates of Catholic colleges poured into the secular university graduate schools. Priests and nuns marched for Negro rights (and Southern...
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