Italy: Plea Against Perversion

The 1929 Concordat between the Vatican and Italy prescribes "respect of the sacred character of Rome." But, to the disgust of Pope John XXIII, many Roman revelers prefer a common law of their own: La Dolce Vita—the sweet life. Lately, seldom does a day pass when a newspaper he reads is not splashed with yet another scandal. Last week he appealed to temporal rulers of the Eternal City to control ''immorality that, as we are told, is raging in Rome no less than elsewhere."

The papal plea looked toward the forthcoming meeting of the Roman Catholic Church's ecumenical...

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