Religion: Are Catholics Different?

Author Paul Blanshard (American Freedom and Catholic Power) has written with some vehemence that the Roman Catholic Church is a mortal foe of democracy in the U.S. and elsewhere. Six months ago, he went to Dublin for some field research, to see how the people of the Irish Republic (90% of them Catholics) could have managed to keep a democratic government for the last 30 years. From his headquarters in a flat on Dublin's fashionable Fitzwilliam Street, he discussed the question long and earnestly with politicians, journalists and churchmen, both Catholic and Protestant.

Last week Blanshard thought he had found, in Dublin,...

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