National Affairs: Protesting Protestants

A thousand, banner-waving church members gathered in Washington last week to put heat to the controversy about whether the U.S. should send an ambassador to the Vatican. They were on a "pilgrimage" sponsored by the American Council of Christian Churches,* a clamorous, fundamentalist organization representing 15 denominations, mostly independent churches which have broken with other Protestant groups.

When the council's president, the Rev. W. W. Breckbill, pastor of the Evangelical Methodist Church in Altoona, Pa., asked for an appointment with the President, he was turned down. The White House reply: Truman has made up his mind on the Vatican issue, and the...

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