Religion: Interfaith Cooperation

Cigars were passed, to the surprise of many a Protestant leader present. One of them smiled, said the gesture was like "serving ham to a Catholic on Friday." Catholics had provided both meal and cigars, so everybody laughed and went right on talking shop—Roman Catholic to Methodist, Jew to Episcopalian, Lutheran to Congregationalist.

Thus ended a luncheon in Peoria last week that made American church history. For the first time ever, a non-Catholic delegation of religious leaders was officially entertained and received at a national Catholic conference. The occasion was the 20th annual convention...

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