Sometimes, when talking to younger audiences, the theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill will describe herself as a “relic” of the distant and benighted era before the Second Vatican Council. In those years, she recalls, it never occurred to her to question why the priest was always a man, or why girls were advised to select confirmation names from a prodigious list of those who chose a gruesome death rather than lose their virginity.
Nor, she confesses, did she blink when her father arranged...
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