Field Test

The Catholic Studies Reader
Edited by James T. Fisher and Margaret M. McGuinness
Fordham University Press, $30, 350 pp.

I remember the day five years ago when the head of a conservative Catholic congregation of women religious asked me what I taught. “Catholic studies,” I replied.  “Oh,” she said, in a fairly good but probably unintentional impression of Lady Bracknell, “and what exactly is that?”

She may have had a point. After reading the many fine essays in The Catholic Studies Reader it is clear, as anyone who works in the discipline...

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About the Author

Paul Lakeland is the Aloysius P. Kelley, SJ, Professor of Catholic Studies at Fairfield University.