Religion: The Krol Era

The president of the U.S. Catholic bishops conference is more than just the symbolic leader of America's 48 million Roman Catholics. In his three-year term the president has much to say about selecting members of the church's national bureaucracy and can influence the appointment of bishops. Moreover, his philosophical cast can determine what direction the church's national program takes. Thus, in Washington last week, there was far more than ceremonial significance in the U.S. bishops' vote to give the office to Philadelphia's John Cardinal Krol, the American hierarchy's outstanding conservative.

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