Religion: End of an Awkward Affair

With a reprimand for his overzealous clergy, Puerto Rico's Roman Catholic Archbishop James P. Davis last week strategically retreated from the island's church v. state battleground. In a statement issued in Chicago Archbishop Davis declared that no Catholic who voted for Governor Luis Muñoz Marin's Popular Democratic Party would be subject to canonical penalties, thus flatly contradicting Puerto Rican priests who were prepared to deny the sacraments to those who had voted against church instructions until they confessed their "sin."

In their pre-election pastoral letters, Archbishop Davis and two other Puerto Rican bishops...

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