Religion: Man of the City

A man who would have particularly welcomed the news from Rome died in New York City last week. Victim of a heart attack was the Rev. John Courtney Murray, 62, the Jesuit theologian whose influence and immense prestige extended far beyond the boundaries of his faith and order. Secular leaders met under his guidance. Protestants welcomed him to their councils; the Episcopal Committee on Theological Freedom and Social Responsibilities listed him as one of its advisers. Internation al Catholicism recognized his intellectual leadership at the Second Vatican Council, despite efforts of the ultra-conservative...

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