Roman Catholics: Priest Power

"Power is the name of the game," said one Roman Catholic priest in Chicago last week. That was the mood of the 233 clerical delegates to the constitutional convention of the National Federation of Priests' Councils—the first such organization in the world. Inspired by the successful growth of diocesan-wide priests' associations and senate (TIME, Feb. 23), the federation has been in the works for a year and, like its local counterparts, it is designed to give priests a larger share in shaping the attitudes of a changing church.

The delegates, who came...

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