Roman Catholics: Eldest Daughter in Turmoil

The anxieties roused among conserv ative Roman Catholics by their church's current reforms have been mild in the open-minded U.S., obedient Italy, in different Latin America and theologically adventuresome Germany. It is in France, where the church has been sharply divided into progressive and conservative wings since the Revolution, that the issue is bitterest.

"I think I am not being pessimistic in saying that a schism is to be feared by the end of the year," said Rouen's coadjutor, Archbishop Andre Pailler, last month; he foresaw that some French conservatives would leave...

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