Canada: QUEBEC: Back to the Land

The high pay of factories and the luxuries of city life had swollen the drift from the land into a steady tide. Even Quebec, against the ancient tradition of living on the land, was turning disturbingly urban, and the Catholic Church was deeply concerned. Last week, in a pastoral letter signed by Cardinal Villeneuve, three archbishops and 14 bishops, the Church raised its powerful voice in a plea : go back to the land. The Church wanted to stop not only the movement to the cities but emigration to the U.S.

The letter, read in all Catholic pulpits, heavily emphasized...

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