Religion: Voice in France

The strength of Christianity is paradoxical. In France, which is generally anticlerical, and which counts a fourth of its population as Communists, Catholicism is more alive and creative than elsewhere in the modern world. As a further paradox, some of France's Catholic leaders are viewed askance, as flirting with heresy, by the Vatican itself.

One sign of French Catholic vitality is the movement called Mission de France (TIME, Feb. 27, 1950), which sends its priests into the world to live, work and dress as ordinary laborers and peasants. One of the leaders of...

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