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Mr. Lawler said other Catholic bookstores across the country have either taken his book off their shelves or are refusing to carry it. The first printing of 7,500, he added, has sold out.

“My argument is they haven’t dealt with it,” he said of the sex abuse scandal.

Just before the cancellation at the shrine, “I’d done a book-signing on Barnes and Noble on Broadway” in Manhattan, he said. “There is an irony I can play on the Upper West Side but not in the Basilica.”

Julia Duin’s column Stairway to Heaven runs Thursdays and Sundays.