An author turns to God / Mary Karr: Best-selling writer used to scorn religion, but in 1996, she converted to Catholicism to stop drinking. It worked.:
Karr's faith, though, allows plenty of room for disagreement with the church. She accepts the tag "cafeteria Catholic" for picking and choosing which precepts she follows. "Isn't everyone, though, really?" Karr says. "In the same way I don't agree with everything my country does, I still think of myself as an American."