Religion: Silence Treatment

In his encyclical Mater et Magistra (TIME, July 21), Pope John XXIII came out for the kind of "socialization" that includes economic planning and state-run welfare programs. He expressed an "earnest wish" that Roman Catholic bishops give "more and more attention" to spreading this social doctrine. A new survey, published by the national Catholic weekly magazine Ave Maria suggests that some of the U.S. Catholic clergy were not listening very hard.

Ave Maria, which is edited by Notre Dame's Holy Cross Fathers, found that most diocesan newspapers carried either the full text of the encyclical or substantial excerpts from it. But of...

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