Religion: Turning the Other Cheek

First Richard Nixon. Now Pope Paul VI. Few more unlikely suitors could be imagined to come acourting at the doorstep of that aging antiChrist, Chairman Mao Tse-tung. Last week there was the Vatican's staid Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, proclaiming in its weekly bulletin that Chairman Mao's thoughts contained "Christian reflections."

The ideological overtures appeared in a study printed by Fides, the missionary congregation's news agency. Unlike Soviet Communism, which Fides stigmatized as pragmatic and economic, Maoist doctrine is "a moral socialism of thought and conduct." The People's Republic of China...

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