Religion: The Supreme Realist

To Christianity as a whole, the most interesting half of the double bill set up for next October's Second Vatican Ecumenical Council is not "modernization" of the Roman Catholic Church but "Christian unity." No swift healing of the break that stems from Luther is remotely in prospect; yet many a move can be made. Hard at work on behalf of the Vatican is a German-born cardinal who got his red hat from Pope John XXIII in 1959: Augustin Bea, S.J., head of the Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity.

It is Bea who is handling...

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