Religion: Tidings

>Will the U.S. Roman Catholic Church save ecumenical Protestantism? That could be the result if the Catholic Church in America decides to join the National Council of Churches. A 17-member study committee representing both the U.S. Catholic hierarchy and the council has spent two years examining the question. Last week the committee announced its conclusion: the U.S. Catholic Church, which already belongs to eleven statewide inter-church councils, ought to join the national organization. The N.C.C., in trouble with some member denominations for its social action, could use some new blood—and some new money. Its budget is down from...

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