Religion: The Cardinal's Setback

The motto on Alfredo Cardinal Otta viani's Vatican coat of arms" is Semper Idem (Always the Same), and the rigid Ottaviani has clearly and consistently argued that the Roman Catholic Church should resist change. As secretary of the Supreme Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office, Ottaviani, 72, has diligently searched out those whom he considers modernists and heretics. As undisputed leader of conservative opinion at the Second Vatican Council, he has opposed reform as vigorously as he once opposed the idea of holding the council. But last week, as the Vatican Council's forces for change demonstrated their swelling strength, even Ottaviani...

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