Religion: The Catholics Leave

British Protestants. Catholics and Jews hardly knew what to make of the uncomfortable news: the Vatican had ordered Britain's Roman Catholics to quit the Council of Christians and Jews.

To many it seemed like quitting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The council is pledged, like its counterparts in the U.S. and elsewhere, "to combat all forms of religious and racial intolerance, to promote mutual understanding and good will between Christians and Jews." Queen Elizabeth is the council's patron, and among its five joint presidents have been the Archbishop of Canterbury. Chief Rabbi Israel Brodie of the United Synagogue...

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