PUERTO RICO: Blow to the Bishops

The three Roman Catholic bishops of Puerto Rico got a stinging lesson: Puerto Rican voters hold to the mainland U.S. view on separation of church and state. Though 90% Catholic, and warned by a pair of pastoral letters that supporting Governor Luis Muñoz Marin's Popular Democrats could lead to excommunication (TIME. Nov. 7), the voters gave well-liked Muñoz Marin 58% of the vote and a fourth straight term as Governor. Statehood Republican Candidate Luis Ferré trailed with 250,000 votes to 456,000 for Muñoz Marin. The church-backed Christian Action Party, on its first try for office, got only 51,000...

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