Roman Catholics: Conscience and the Encyclical

The battle between the Roman Catholic hierarchy and dissident priests over Pope Paul's anti-contraception encyclical continues. Last week the major scene of conflict was Washington, D.C., where Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle suspended one of his priests and threatened 51 others with disciplinary action unless they abandon their opposition to the Pope's teaching.

The victim of the Cardinal's punishment was the Rev. T. Joseph O'Donoghue, 37, assistant pastor of St. Fran cis de Sales Church in northeast Washington. He is also a co-founder of the Association of Washington Priests, to which all the dissenters belong....

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