Religion: Automated Beings

Long the targets of novelists, sociologists and other worriers, the organization man and "groupthink" came under heavy fire last week from the U.S. hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Meeting at Washington's Catholic University for the annual bishops' conference, 227 prelates urged a rededication to the principle and practice of personal responsibility, in order to halt "the seemingly inexorable march toward the automation of human beings and the steady loss of that freedom which is man's distinctive attribute."

Too many pressures, the bishops said, are growing for "a constantly greater reliance on the...

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