Religion: Catholic Faith & Power

For the past ten months, the U.S. has been buying, borrowing and talking about a volume popularly called "the Blanshard book." American Freedom and Catholic Power by Manhattan Lawyer-Journalist Paul Blanshard is a well-organized polemic against the Roman Catholic Church. Written from an aggressively secular point of view, it has chilled many a Protestant as it has enraged many a Catholic with its picture of a totalitarian Vatican out to undermine U.S. democracy.

One night last week in New Haven, Conn., an overflow crowd of some 800 students turned out to hear the Yale Law School Student Association stage a debate...

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