Italy: Crusader Under Attack

The Pontiff's campaign against abortion spills into politics

Pope John Paul II has repeatedly exhorted Roman Catholic clergymen to hold themselves above the run of politics, and he himself, unlike some of his predecessors, has shown little interest in Italian affairs of state. But the Pontiffs pastoral responsibilities to speak out on an issue of deep moral concern to the church have plunged him, inevitably, into a heated political controversy over the most volatile social issue in Italy: whether or not women should have the legal right to have an abortion.

The uproar is over the future of Italy's controversial abortion...

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