Church in Crisis
Sir: Exalt ye citizens of the secular state, for the Roman Catholic Bishops of the U.S., supposedly in communion with the See of Peter, have essentially repudiated the legitimate teachings of the Roman Pontiff [Nov. 22]. Who knows, these enlightened individuals may next choose to elect their own "assistant Pope" who somehow will share the teaching authority of the Pontiff. And someday the Church of Rome may be declared to be nothing more than a schismatic sect!
GERALD MICHAEL SCHNABEL Assistant Professor of History Bemidji State College Bemidji, Minn.