PUERTO RICO: Church & Commonwealth

Until a fortnight ago, when the island's three Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter forbidding Catholics to vote for Governor Luis Muñoz Marin and his Popular Democratic Party, Puerto Rico's gubernatorial campaign was a race without an issue. Muñoz' opponent, Luis Ferré, candidate of the Statehood Republican Party and a partner in the island's largest private enterprise (Ferré Industries), had demanded a plebiscite on statehood, but foxy old Muñoz sidetracked that issue. His party slipped a rule through the legislature that no statehood plebiscite could be held in an election...

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