Religion: Proud Vaunt

To the 130-odd Roman Catholic bishops and archbishops of the U. S., who this week hold their annual policy-making meeting in Washington, D. C., Pope Pius XII sent a surprise message, the second encyclical of his reign. It celebrated the 150th anniversary of the founding of the U. S. hierarchy.* His prime views:

On U. S. schools: "Christ is often despised or ignored, the explanation of the universe and mankind is forced within the narrow limits of materialism or of rationalism."

U. S. evils (due to "refusal to recognize the divine majesty") : ". . . immoderate and blind egoism, the thirst...

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