Religion: Pacific Ifs

Although the Roman Catholic Church hates war as much as the next Christian, its attitude towards war has always been realistic. Modern simon-pure pacifism, as unrealistic as it is high-minded, has been fostered more by Protestants than by Catholics. Yet as World War II began to loom, widespread signs of pacifist leanings appeared among U. S. Catholics. At first, the pacifism of such leaders as Bishop John Aloysius Duffy of Buffalo had a narrow basis: fear that Catholics might be called upon to fight as allies of the U. S. S. R. With that...

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