Religion: Empty Your Attics

It was perishing cold in France last week. Rich women shivered and complained about the difficulty of heating their high-ceilinged rooms, bus riders shivered and told each other that it was the worst winter in two generations, the poor just shivered. By week's end more than 90 were dead of the cold alone—no one knew how many more of pneumonia.

Suddenly Paris was aware that a man was organizing a Resistance against the cold. Bearded and gaunt, wearing a black cape with the flair of an actor, a 41-year-old priest called Abbé Pierre was rocketing...