Religion: A New Church

Under their Bishop-elect, Adrot, several thousand Roman Catholic priests have founded in France a new Church. The tradition of celibacy of the clergy is 1,000 years old, but they have decided to break with this tradition. Bishops of similar churches in Holland, Switzerland, Poland, Czecho-Slovakia and Hungary will be present at Adrot's consecration, which is scheduled for late in April. Two of these had been duly consecrated as bishops before their break with Rome. The new church therefore claims apostolic succession, and the same authoritative basis as the Church of England.

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