Dominican Republic: Trujillo Is No Benefactor

Since the day 14 months ago when they signed a pastoral letter calling for "freedom of conscience, press and assembly," Dictator Rafael Trujillo has spared no effort to beat the Roman Catholic bishops of the Dominican Republic into submissive silence. Two months ago, dismayed by personal threats and public incitement against the church, the Dominican bishops informed Trujillo that they wished "to continue cooperating." As a token of capitulation, the dictator demanded the title "Benefactor of the Church," a distinction last conferred on Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa in 1167.

Trujillo put on a big campaign for the honor, including...

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