Religion: The Busy Bishop

The new bishop was something of a shock. In 1939, the Roman Catholics of Kansas City, Mo. hardly knew what to make of the intense, quiet-mannered man with reddish-brown hair and big ideas who came to preside over their 23,000-sq.-mi.

diocese. Bishop Edwin Vincent O'Hara began by poking so many irons into the fire (and looking to his flock to keep the blaze going) that when one prosperous Catholic businessman was asked whether he had been around to see the new bishop he replied: "I'd like to, but I can't. I can't afford it." Last week, in the big ballroom of Kansas...

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