A Flawed Portrait of Dissent by Leon J. Podles

A Flawed Portrait of Dissent

The Smoke of Satan: Conservative and Traditionalist Dissent in Contemporary American Catholicism
by Michael W. Cuneo
New York: Oxford University Press, 1997
(214 pages; $27.50, cloth)

reviewed by Leon J. Podles

Vatican II and the changes in Roman Catholicism that followed it have not pleased all Catholics. Michael W. Cuneo, a professor of sociology and anthropology at Fordham University, gives representative sketches of what he sees are the three main types of those displeased with the current condition of the Roman Catholic Church in America. The first is the conservatives, the second the separatists-traditionalists, the third the Marianists-apocalypticists.

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Leon J. Podles holds a Ph.D. in Old English and Old Icelandic from the University of Virginia and is a senior editor of Touchstone. His latest book is Losing the Good Portion: Why Men Are Alienated from Christianity (St. Augustine's Press, 2020). He and his wife Mary (author of the Touchstone column "A Thousand Words") are the parents of six children. He resides in Baltimore, Maryland.

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