Religion: Clash over the Catechism

The Vatican has never been exactly pleased with the best-selling but controversial "Dutch Catechism" (TIME, Dec. 1, 1967). Last week a firm—and presumably final—order to change the text in the direction of orthodoxy went out from Rome.

A commission of six cardinals appointed by Pope Paul demanded ten specific revisions on matters of doctrine.

Among other things, the cardinals insisted that the catechism reflect the traditional interpretation of Mary's virginity as a biological rather than just a symbolic reality and that its discussion of birth control present "the full teaching of the Holy See."

The Dutch hierarchy has done nothing to implement the...