Religion: The Loyal Opposition

Cautioning newsmen against reporting the Second Vatican Council as if it were a political convention, Auxiliary Bishop Fulton J. Sheen of New York offered some imaginary stories that might have been written by political-minded reporters before the Council of Jerusalem in A.D. 51. "Now," said Sheen, "go back and read the report of the council in the Acts of the Apostles. Did the precouncil 'press reports' of conflicts, blocs and groups ever materialize? Not a one!"

In fact, Acts reports a rousing controversy at the Council of Jerusalem, with two groups bitterly divided over...

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