The Vatican Council: A Blow for Liberty

"This," said Boston's Dr. Dana Mc Lean Greeley, a Unitarian observer at Vatican II, "is perhaps the greatest day of the council." By an overwhelming vote of 1,997 to 224, Catholic bishops last week approved in principle the text of their declaration on religious liberty. Two days later, the bishops also voted to accept in principle the text of Schema 13, "The Church in the Modern World" — although it, unlike the religious liberty declaration, still faces the prospect of drastic revision.

What made the vote on the liberty statement especially significant was that the progressive majority thwarted a last-minute...

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