Religion: Crisis of Conscience

Can the government of a Christian country survive the defiant opposition of its churches? Rhodesia is about to find out. The churches have never condoned Prime Minister Ian Smith's white supremacist policies. Now, on the eve of a critical general election on April 10, the Roman Catholic Church has directly challenged them.

In a pastoral letter entitled A Crisis of Conscience, Salisbury's Archbishop Francis Markall announced that the Catholic Church would refuse to obey Rhodesia's race laws because they are "contrary to the Christian faith." The letter, read at church services throughout the land, quotes the Apostles: "We must obey God rather...

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