The Hemisphere: Church v. Schools

The American high schools in the Colombian cities of Bogotá, Barranquilla and Cali, run by U.S. and Colombian Protestants, are among the country's best. But henceforth, Roman Catholic parents who send children to the American schools will be liable to excommunication. Crisanto Cardinal Luque warned them of the church's extreme penalty in a pastoral letter read last week to Colombia's 11 million Catholics.

The enrollment of the four schools was about half Catholic a year ago. Then the Ministry of Education, which is out-rightly sympathetic to the religion of the Colombian majority, ordered all non-Catholic schools to provide their Catholic students with...

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