Roman Catholics: The Bishops Move

At first glance, the locale — an ultramodern motel complex between the Astrodome and Houston's 57-acre amusement park — seemed strangely at odds with the ecclesiastical nature of the discussions. On second glance, it seemed rather appropriate. In both their deliberations and their decisions, more than 210 of the nation's Roman Catholic bishops last week showed more than ever before that they are deeply concerned with the clamor for change within their church.

For the first time in its three-year his tory, the National Conference of Catholic Bishops allowed reporters to at tend its business sessions. The newsmen were treated to...

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