Roman Catholics: Platform for Heretics

Since its founding in 1964, Kansas City's lay-edited National Catholic Reporter has made a specialty of running stones that some members of the U.S. hierarchy would have preferred not to see in print. The weekly has, for example, revealed the secret texts of the Papal Commission on Birth Control and exhaustively reported repressions of outspoken priests. Last week Bishop Charles H. Helmsing of Kansas City-St. Joseph, issued a formal condemnation of the NCR. In a solemn four-page public statement, Helmsing denounced the paper for "its disregard and denial of the most sacred values of our Catholic faith."

Ironically, Helmsing had...

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