Religion: Purifying Heat from Rome

Two books lose the church's seal of approval

Book burning by censors of the Roman Catholic Church sputtered out long ago. The Index of Prohibited Books, and other means of limiting what the faithful were permitted to read, faded away during and after the Second Vatican Council. Now, however, there are small signs that the pendulum is swinging back slightly. No flames of outright censorship are visible, but a purifying heat seems to be coming out of Rome. For the first time in 17 years, two books, one of them the bestselling adult catechism...

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