Roman Catholics: Historic Bishop

Among those most disturbed by Los Angeles' race riot this summer was Pope Paul VI; the tragedy of Watts moved him to hasten a decision to appoint an American Negro bishop. Last week, on the eve of his historic flight to New York, Pope Paul announced his choice: the Rev. Harold R. Perry, 48, superior of the Southern province of the Society of the Divine Word. Perry's post: auxiliary bishop of New Orleans. Announcing the appointment, New Orleans' Archbishop Philip Hannan—himself raised to that position only three days earlier—said warmly, "We welcome the first American-born Negro bishop."*

Bishop Perry's appointment serves...

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