Religion: Active Ecumenicism

Probably no Frenchman has worked harder for Christian unity than Pastor Marc Boegner, 81, head of the Protestant Federation of France until he retired in 1961. Last week Dr. Boegner was elected to the French Academy, narrowly edging Roman Catholic Historian Marquis Albert de Luppé in the voting. The decisive factor in the election was the last-minute intervention of a Catholic acquaintance. Eugėne Cardinal Tisserant, who came to Paris from the Vatican Council, ardently championed the cause of the first Protestant minister to win membership in the Academy's history. Said Tisserant to Boegner: "This election cannot help but bring our two...

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