Religion: No More Pretres-Ouvriers?

One of the most noteworthy religious experiments since World War II has been that of the French worker-priests (TIME, Feb. 27, 1950)—young priests who take jobs and live as workers, saying Mass, hearing confessions and carrying on their pastoral functions in their spare time. The long-range aim of the movement: to reach anticlerical French workingmen who have been notoriously easy prey for Communism.

But to many a watchful prelate it has looked as though the worker-priests were more converts than converters. Two of them were arrested in last year's Communist-inspired riots against General...

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