Religion: Unity & Rome

From the Vatican last month came a strongly worded warning to Roman Catholics: they must not participate in religious conferences, prayers or worship with non-Catholics, without special permission from Rome. As the Protestant world prepared for this summer's great conference of 140-odd church groups in Amsterdam,* the repercussions still rumbled.

In his pulpit at Manhattan's Calvary Church, Episcopal Rector Samuel M. Shoemaker said: "Many of us non-Roman Christians have great respect for the present Pope, and respect also some of the stringencies of the Roman system . . . But if there cannot even be conference, with a view to better understanding...

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