Religion: The Catholic at the Y

Softballs were lofting, basketballs thumping, swimming pools sloshing. People ranging from kids to grandmas were learning ballroom dancing, bird watching, guitar playing, oil painting, cake baking and bridge at North America's 2,500 YMCAs and YWCAs. Yet, according to the big-circulation (913,331) Roman Catholic weekly. Our Sunday Visitor, some 20% of the thumpers, sloshers. bakers and players should not have been there. They are Catholics, and. said the paper, the Young Men's (or Women's) Christian Association is no place for a Catholic.

"Were the YMCA to label itself the Young Men's Protestant Association, it might be more candid," wrote William J. Whalen, English...

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