A Letter From The Publisher, Dec. 12, 1960

Thanksgiving Day, when most of the U.S. was attacking a turkey with trimmings, John Courtney Murray, S.J., and TIME Associate Editor Douglas Auchincloss sat down to scrambled eggs and Chesapeake Bay crab in a lonely roadside restaurant outside Baltimore. Being members of professions that work on holidays when there is work to be done, they were at work—on this week's TIME cover story.

The long discussions between priest and writer, the source of much of the story, began the day before, when Father Murray met Auchincloss and Researcher Paula von Haimberger Arno at Baltimore's Pennsylvania Station. Driving his 1960 Dodge through the...

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