Religion: Spiritual Diplomacy

Many a Protestant views with deep disapproval what he considers the worldly power-politicking of the Roman Catholic Church—the signing of concordats, the exchange of representatives, the whole machinery of diplomacy. Some Catholics, too, would rather see their church concentrate on spiritual leadership and keep out of world politics.

Last week Rome's official Jesuit fortnightly, Civiltà Cattolica, printed a significant article to explain how mistaken this idea was. "There are many sincere believers, Catholics full of idealism, who look with disquietude and almost a secret anguish on the diplomatic activity of the vicar of...

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