Religion: Catechism Crisis

Should the Virgin Mary be referred to as the Mother or the Mama of Jesus Christ? This question, while not the major issue in the controversy, was nevertheless one irritant in the latest quarrel between the Vatican and the French Roman Catholic Church. Long suspicious of French "progressive Catholicism," the Vatican finally cracked down on a matter that seemed less dramatic than the ill-fated Red-tinged Worker Priest movement (TIME, May 13), but was perhaps even closer to rank and file French Catholics. The issue: a "progressive catechism." which replaced the old, stodgy National Catechism throughout France last year. The new catechism...

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