Roman Catholics: Shattering Tradition

Pope Paul has confounded critics by his basic dichotomy of views: conservative in doctrine and theology, progressive in matters of administration and social involvement. For example, soon after he excoriated laissez-faire capitalism in his encyclical Populorum Progressio, he left Roman Catholic liberals bitterly disappointed by his decision to uphold priestly celibacy. Many of the same liberals were delighted last week as Paul ordered one of the most sweeping changes in Roman Catholic church administration made by any Pope in the past four centuries.

What the Pope did was to order a shake-up of the Curia, the Roman Catholic Church's all-powerful...

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