Religion: Pope & Democracy

The Roman Catholic Church has long made it an earthly policy to tolerate any form of government under which it is free to pursue its mission. Toleration does not, of course, constitute endorsement or support. Last October, however, Pope Pius XI, taking into account the recent course of world events came near to praising democracy. In a message to the U. S. hierarchy for the golden jubilee of the Catholic University in Washington he wrote:

"The Catholic cries out against any civic philosophy which would degrade man to the position of a soulless pawn...

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