Structures of Deceit

When America’s most prominent Catholic intellectual writes a scathing indictment of his church, it’s news. Whether it’s old news or not depends on the nature of the argument and the reliability of the evidence marshaled to support the case being made. Garry Wills’s new book, Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit, is a passionate polemic that will please some, outrage others, and disappoint still more (see, Eamon Duffy’s review, page 24). Wills...

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