MALTA: Erastian!

In Vatican City last week the Secretariat of State of His Holiness Pope Pius XI issued their White Book in reply to the British Blue Book on Malta (TIME, June 16 and 23). In effect the Anglo-Papal quarrel has simmered down to this:

Granting, as both parties do, that many a Roman Catholic priest in Malta told his flock that to vote in a certain way would be a "mortal sin"* (for which absolution would be refused), does this constitute interference by the clergy in political affairs?...

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