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Sense of the Faithful
How American Catholics Live Their Faith
Jerome P. Baggett
Oxford University Press, $29.95, 285 pp.

Even before opening Sense of the Faithful, Jerome P. Baggett’s timely sociological examination of how American Catholics from six parishes in the San Francisco Bay Area understand and practice their faith, the reader is offered a visual sense of a church in flux. In a cover photo of the interior of an Upper East Side church in Manhattan, photographer Jeff Spielman’s camera peers down a darkened Gothic nave toward an alabaster-hued sanctuary. Everything seems...

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.