Churches: Dimensions of Dissent

Clergymen have long been among the leaders of protest against the Viet Nam war, but in recent weeks the clerical dissent has become increasingly bold and bitter. Support for Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Viet Nam has grown steadily in the past year, and this winter a number of hitherto uncommitted publications—including the Roman Catholic Critic—have come out with declarations against the war. "It is now clear that the war can no longer be considered merely a political issue," said The Critic. "Rather, it is a moral question which American citizens as individuals must resolve for themselves.

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