US Catholic Faith in Real Life

Paul Wilkes

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Paul Wilkes is the author of numerous books on religious belief and practice, including Beyond the Walls (Doubleday, 1999) and The Good Enough Catholic (Ballantine, 1996). This article is excerpted with permission from Excellent Catholic Parishes: The Guide to Best Places and Practices (Paulist Press, 2001). Wilkes is also project director of the Pastoral Summit, to be held in New Orleans on May 30-June 1, 2001, which will bring together Catholic and Protestant pastors and lay leaders from across the U.S. For more information on the summit, call 910-962-7225 or visit