Education: Compromise in Santa Fe

Catholic priests and nuns have been teaching in New Mexico ever since the 19th Century days of jolly Father Martinez,† who taught reading, writing and the catechism to New Mexican schoolchildren, until he was excommunicated for having too many children of his own. State law prohibits religious instruction in public schools, but the law has long been winked at. Last week, in the remote town of Dixon, N. Mex., the winking stopped.

Though Dixon's handful of Protestants had never liked the idea of nuns teaching their children, they kept their peace so long as the church owned the building where classes were...

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