The Press: Small Ruses

In Italy, newspaper sellers were on the spot. If they refused to sell Communist newspapers, the Communist-controlled distributing unions might cut off non-Communist newspapers. If they sold Red newspapers, they risked excommunication under the Vatican decree (TIME, July 25) forbidding Catholics to disseminate Communist propaganda.

Last week, the Vatican added one more exception to its confusing decree and took the heat off the newsboy. He may sell Communist papers, it ruled, if he "acts as the result of the active threat of the unions . .. However," the Vatican added, "he must always have the moral obligation to limit as much...

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