Religion: The Pope's Speech (Cont'd)

The Pope's speech to midwives on the Roman Catholic code of morality in matters of sex and childbirth (TIME, Nov. 12) contained nothing essentially new. But one statement in it set off a blast of Protestant indignation in England. The sentence: "To save the mother's life is a very noble aim, but the direct killing of the baby as a means to that end is not lawful."

One thing that bothered a lot of everyday Britons: under socialized medicine, many non-Catholics are registered patients of Catholic doctors. Would they be forced, willy-nilly, to accept...

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