Religion: Common Courtesy

Last week, for the fifth time in the 400 years since Henry VIII broke with Rome, a top member of the British royal family paid an official courtesy call on the Pope.* Princess Elizabeth, with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, had a 25-minute audience with Pius XII at the start of a two-week vacation in Italy.

Back home in Britain there were some Protestant grumbles, but the Church of England took an unruffled official view. Said a spokesman for the church of which Elizabeth will some day be titular head: "The princess is in Rome as a private individual and can...

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