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13 CCICA Annual 107 (1994).


The image I want to use to talk about the church in the state, from a Christian lawyer's point of view, is in two of the novels of the late theological storyteller Walker Percy. We Percy readers first saw the image in Love in the Ruins. Percy's sub-title for that novel was "The Adventures of a Bad Catholic at a Time Near the End of the World." His setting is the not-too-distant future in North America. Social climate and civil discourse are even worse than they are now. Percy's central figure, Dr. Thomas More, the bad Catholic, and a few others remain in the old Roman Catholic church, but the old Roman Catholic Church has been changed. As Flannery O'Connor might have put it, the truth has made them odd.



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