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What is “Catholic identity” and who has it?

By Anthony Stevens-Arroyo ~ from The Washington Post‘s On Faith

There is a “cultural war” within Catholic America as several factions battle over a single question: What is “Catholic identity” and who has it?

Bishops rail at universities for not promoting Catholic identity through their choice of a graduation day speaker, the head of the Catholic League considers the National Catholic Reporter a sponsor of “dissident voices” and calls laity seeking reform “rogues” and “rebels.” Other Catholics denounce cardinals they disagree with and say that Catholics who support Ayn Rand endorse “heresy.”

I call this a “cultural war” because the conflict is among believers; this dispute is about the kind of faith and the degree of belief within today’s American Catholic culture.

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