Religion: Good, Clean Sport?

"What is to be said about the lawfulness of prizefighting and boxing?" The word "lawfulness" refers to Roman Catholic Church law; the question appears in the current issue of the American Ecclesiastical Review, a learned monthly for the priesthood published by the Catholic University of America. The published reply, by the Rev. Francis J. Connell, top U.S. expert on the secular applications of canon law, might seem to many a fight fan like an ecclesiastical rabbit punch:

"Boxing, in the sense of giving and parrying light blows ... is lawful for the purpose of exercise and recreation . . But it is...

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