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Father Richard G. Rento, a priest of the Diocese of Paterson, NJ, is the author of It’s Not Necessarily So: A senior priest separates faith from fiction and makes sense of belief (Caritas Communications). In our hour together, he takes up such hot-button issues as the place of women and LGBTQ Catholics in the Church; how the Church misunderstands Jesus’ teaching on divorce; when abortion can be a moral choice; and the many meanings of”the Real Presence” of Christ in the Eucharist. Along the way, he tells of having recently been called on the carpet by his bishop to explain, among other things, why he won’t lead the faithful in the Creed.
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