Roman Catholics: 27 More Cardinals

Pope Paul VI is an austere intellectual who carefully calculates the effect of his every word and deed. Last week, when he called the first consistory of his pontificate for Feb. 22 and named 27 new cardinals, his choice of the men to be honored was clearly an example of thoughtful Pauline diplomacy: there was a token of reward for almost every shade of opinion in the church.

The new cardinals will raise the Sacred College to 103, highest total in history, and contribute further to the internationalization begun by Pius XII. The...

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