Roman Catholics: Burden of Responsibility

The Most Rev. James P. Shannon, 48, has a reputation for being a thinking man's bishop. A former president of the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, with a doctorate in history from Yale, Shannon marched at Selma and has been an outspoken critic of the Viet Nam war. Auxiliary Bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis since his consecration in 1965, he has served as deputy head of communications for the National Conference of Catholic Bishops; he was the conference's press spokesman last fall when the U.S. bishops defended Pope Paul VI's encyclical on birth control.

Last week, though, it...

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