December 7, 2010 | Dan Rather Reports, News & Docs
In the late 1960s, it looked like the liberal view of Catholicism would shape the Vatican for years to come. But without much fanfare or notice in the press, the Church leadership has recently embraced a more conservative, traditional view of Catholicism. Reformers, who had hoped for a more modern Church are left wondering whether they belong and a generation of young American priests are being shaped in a more conservative environment. What this means for the Church specifically, and American society more generally, no one can say. And it’s not just here. The Catholic Church is growing around the world, and the Vatican’s new message is being preached from West Africa to East Asia to South America.