Roman Catholics: Disciplining Dissidents

Ever since Pope Paul's controversial anti-contraception encyclical, more and more priests and theologians have felt compelled to publicize their disagreement. Their actions inevitably raise a question of discipline; the answer depends on the attitude and personality of the bishop involved. In some cases the response has been stern indeed.

In Buffalo, 14 of the 18 priests who make up the faculty of St. John Vianney Seminary were called into the chancery chapel last week by Bishop James A. McNulty. Eleven of them were asked to state their views on the encyclical. The...

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