Religion: Spain: Medieval v. Modern

When a high-ranking Roman Catholic prelate takes a scornful swipe at religious tolerance and storms at "benevolence towards Protestantism," as Spain's Cardinal Segura did last week (TIME, March 17), many U.S. temperatures go sailing. For whom or what does Cardinal Segura speak?

The answer is that Cardinal Segura speaks for the oldest tradition of the Spanish church—one that has come down the years with stubborn strength since the power of the Moors was broken in the 13th century. But today many a Spaniard believes that Cardinal Segura is obsolete. Segura insists 1) that the people are incapable of self-guidance, and 2) that...

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