The Vatican Council: From Atheism to Analysis

In the course of discussing Schema 13 on the church in the modern world, the fathers of the Second Vatican Council last week got around to a touchy question: What should be the Catholic attitude toward atheism?

The most militant answer came from the new Jesuit General, Father Pedro Arrupe. What "the Black Pope" had to say shocked a number of progressive bishops and theologians. Arrupe charged that there is an atheistic conspiracy at large in the world that "holds almost complete sway in international organizations, in financial circles, in the fields of...

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