CANADA: Here & Beyond

A controversy, more sociological than theological, has disturbed the Roman Catholic Church in Quebec. The dispute springs from a historical process—the fact that the province is steadily becoming less rural and pastoral, more urban and industrialized.

How shall the church adapt its leadership to the changing society? One faction, led by Laval University's dean of social sciences, the Very Rev. Georges-Henri ("Jolly Monk") Lévesque, argues for a militant championship of the working class; this faction has promoted cooperatives and Catholic trade unions. An opposing group, supported by Quebec's Premier Maurice Duplessis,...

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