Religion: Spanish Split

Last week an influential Roman Catholic weekly, The Commonweal, made news by urging U. S. Catholics to be impartial on the Spanish civil war. Under Editor Michael Williams, The Commonweal rooted for a Franco victory. But three months ago Michael Williams stepped out as editor-in-chief and a cooler triumvirate —Philip Burnham, Edward Skillin Jr. and Harry Lorin Binsse—took charge.

Well aware that this about-face would strew some wigs on the green, The Commonweal's editors assured their readers that they did not favor the Loyalist cause, which, they said, has ''permitted the murder...

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