Amid the pitched cultural battles over abortion and homosexual marriage in America, the U.

Amid the pitched cultural battles over abortion and homosexual marriage in America, the U.S. Catholic Church faces mounting criticism from both the right and left. Conservatives criticize what they call the trend toward a “cafeteria church,” in which congregants select which church doctrines to follow. Liberals voice dissent over what they view as the Vatican’s reluctance to compromise some of its long-standing traditions… “The church and its bishops and priests are obligated to speak orthodoxy. That is their job,” says Crocker H. W. Crocker III, author of Triumph: The Power and the Glory of the Catholic Church.