Roman Catholics: De Pauw's Departure

The liberalizing spirit of the Second Vatican Council has so far had little impact on the status of Roman Catholic priests, who remain firmly under their superiors' thumbs. In November, the Jesuits invoked their society's vow of obedience to send Father Daniel Berrigan out of the country for a while because of his outspoken stand against the Viet Nam war (TIME, Dec. 24).

Last week Baltimore's Lawrence Cardinal Shehan invoked another ecclesiastical weapon — the canonical rule of incardination, which binds priests to obey and serve the bishop of the diocese to...

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