Religion: Silent Storms

By tradition and Franco's constitution, Spain is a Christian state. But across Spain last week sounded a grave warning from spokesmen for the state church itself: "The overwhelming majority" of Spanish workers are indifferent to religion. "Contrary to what was hoped," they have not developed "a greater feeling for Christian life."

The warning came in the pages of Ecclesia, official journal of Spanish Catholic Action and the only magazine in Spain not censored by the government. Ecclesia listed some of the causes of the Spanish worker's "aloofness from the church," as reflected in a door-to-door survey conducted by priest-advisers to the government-sponsored...

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