Religion: Sphere of Influence?

Last month Catholic Digest printed an article by Episcopalian John Erskine in which he termed Protestant missions south of the Rio Grande "the work of pure destruction," urged their abandonment. Catholic Digest in turn suggested that such missionary activity "violates our Good Neighbor policy" and that the U.S. "should cease to make divisions in South America." Last week the Christian Century, leading Protestant weekly, returned the salvo: "There are enough religiously indifferent people in South America to give Protestant missionaries an ample field for a century. What if they do proselyte? So does the Roman Catholic Church."

This week Catholic Digest was...

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