In Great Britain last week the new encyclical of Pope Pius XI (TIME, June 1) was widely termed "political" because His Holiness said:
"No one can be at the same time a sincere Catholic and a true Socialist."
Politicians of the British Labor (Socialist) party called on Socialist James Ramsay MacDonald to reply. They feared a "whispering campaign" in the next British election among Catholic voters. Whisper: "You can't vote Labor. The Pope meant that you must vote either Liberal or Conservative."
"I am waiting," said Scot MacDonald crisply, "to hear some authoritative pronouncement by...