Atheists: From Anathema to Dialogue

Carrying on from the open-spirited tone of Pope John's encyclical Pacem in Terris, Paul VI last year set up a Vatican Secretariat for Nonbelievers to organize a dialogue with atheists, including Communists. Now, Marxist Roger Garaudy, the leading theoretician of the French Communist party, has written a book called From Anathema to Dialogue to "answer in a fraternal manner the appeal addressed to all" by Roman Catholicism. Praising it in the conservative Paris daily Le Figaro, French Novelist François Mauriac urged his fellow Catholics to "buy this book by a Communist" and read...

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