ITALY: You Be Mayor

Italy has few more appealing public figures than Don Luigi Sturzo, the white-haired priest who founded the Christian Democratic Party, and Giorgio La Pira, the bustling little mayor of Florence. Both are ardent Roman Catholics who believe in infusing militant Christian principle into politics. Both are men of compassion and understanding. Both believe in putting into practice the words of the Gospels. But they emphatically disagree on one vital point: the role of the state in human affairs.

Last week readers of Rome's conservative Giornale d'ltalia were treated to a front-page debate between Don Luigi, venerable foe of statism and apostle...

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