Religion: How to Win a Convert

The Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. is not standing still. The 1948 Official Catholic Directory, published last week, showed that the number of U.S.† Catholics increased 807,524 during 1947. Total of U.S. Roman Catholics (according to the Directory): 26,075,697. The hierarchy was augmented by 25 new bishops (new total: 178). The priesthood grew by 1,277 to 41,747. Catholic colleges more than doubled their enrollment during the last two years—from 102,655 to 220,226. And the number of converts to Catholicism was record-breaking: 115,214.

Any good Catholic would attribute such statistics to the grace of God. But to make its members serve as...

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