Worship: What Age for Christian Soldiers?

Of all of the Christian rituals, few are subject to more varied interpretation than confirmation. For Roman Catholics and Orthodox Christians, it is one of the seven sacraments instituted by Christ; for Protestants it is a church-created rite signifying the recipient's mature acceptance of faith. Despite the differences, both Catholics and Protestants are currently giving new thought to the meaning of confirmation—and to the age at which it should take place.

Last week the Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen, the vigorous new Catholic bishop of Rochester, N.Y. (TIME, Feb. 10), startled his flock by...

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