Religion: Seldes v. Rome

In Sawdust Caesar, Author George Seldes stuck out his tongue at Benito Mussolini. In Lords of the Press, he thumbed his nose at U. S. journalism. Last week, in The Catholic Crisis (Messner, $3), Author Seldes uttered some hoarse Bronx cheers at the Roman Catholic Church. His thesis is that the Church has dallied too long with Fascism, and his book suggests that his way of fixing things would be to have someone like Oswald Garrison Villard for Pope. He devotes more than 300 pages to accusing Catholic churchmen and laymen of all manner of misdeeds—pressure against the press and the...

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