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James Carroll

Faith reduced to caricature

Moderate believers must rise up and rescue their religion

By James Carroll
Globe Columnist / January 16, 2012
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While the Roman Catholic Church has long been regarded as a conservative institution, Catholics have been a progressive force in America. Yet a once-marginal version of extremely conservative Catholicism has lately come into its own by linking up with far right-wing evangelical Protestantism, creating a powerful new political movement. Right-wing Catholics are in the thick of the culture war - and the Republican presidential campaign.

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