Religion: Baptists & Benedictines

In the rolling green hills of Alabama, a ceremony took place last week that would make the most ardent exponent of Protestant-Catholic amity polish his glasses. Roman Catholic St. Bernard College, founded and staffed by Benedictine monks, was ending its first academic year of accreditation as a senior college with a solemn High Mass in the stadium, commencement exercises, blessing of class rings. The odd thing about it was that of the 494 St. Bernard students, 394 were Protestants—most of them Bible-belt Baptists.

This phenomenon was no planned experiment but part of the sociological revolution in U.S. interfaith relations that was described...

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