Religion: Dogma in Dispute

The division between Roman Catholics and other Christians was widened last week—by a split hair's breadth. A secret consistory was called to meet in Rome Oct. 30 to hear the Pope proclaim as official Roman Catholic dogma that the Virgin Mary was taken bodily into heaven at her death. The decision drew a prompt and strongly worded attack from the Church of England.

"We must at once state publicly," read a statement signed by the archbishops of Canterbury and York, "that the Church of England does not and cannot hold this doctrine to be a necessary part of the Catholic faith, belief...

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