Religion: Jim Crow Catholicism

When Christ said 'If you wish to be perfect, come and follow Me,' did He mean by 'you' only persons of Caucasian ancestry?" So the Rev. Claude H. Heit-haus, S.J., of Marquette University angrily asks in the current issue of the Jesuit weekly America. Professor Heithaus had recently read that 17 diocesan seminaries, 52 religious seminaries and 25 congregations of nuns of the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. are now accepting Negro candidates. That reminded him that there are 47 Roman Catholic diocesan seminaries, 285 religious seminaries and 209 congregations of nuns still unaccounted for.

Said Jesuit Heithaus: "We are asking...

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