Religion: A Fighter Bows Out

Lawrence Cardinal Shehan, 76, is a slight (5 ft. 5 in.), self-effacing prelate who as Archbishop of Baltimore has been a tenacious fighter for liberal causes. Named to the diocese in 1961, Shehan issued, a year later, a blunt pastoral letter demanding the end of racial discrimination in all phases of Catholic life. He lent personal weight to his words by joining Martin Luther King's 1963 march on Washington. When Pope Paul VI named him cardinal in 1965, Shehan viewed the honor as a papal endorsement of "racial justice." But he was not always so heartily endorsed at home; testifying in...

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