Religion: Of Men & Dignity

Following custom, the Roman Catholic bishops of the U.S. met in annual session last week, and gave thought to the state of the church, the nation and the world. From their meeting in Washington came two carefully pondered messages.

The first, entitled "Peter's Chains," addressed itself sharply to the persecution of Catholic priests and communicants behind the Iron Curtain. "We in the free countries," the bishops said, "still speak of a cold war; these men and women are enduring the bitterest, the bloodiest persecution in all history . . .

"When will men in the free world come to realize that the...

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