Roman Catholics: A Question of Freedom

The Roman Catholic clergy has certain military parallels. A priest, having taken the vow of obedience, can be moved from place to place at his superior's will. For many, such shifting around means only a creative variety of duty. But for others, just as for some soldiers, transfer implies punishment, or at least temporary removal of an inconvenience. Giving no reasons, bishops or religious superiors can move a priest or fire a professor who has done nothing more than exercise what others would call his constitutional right of free speech.

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