Atheists: From Anathema to Dialogue

Carrying on from the open-spirited tone of Pope John's encyclical Pacem in Terris, Paul VI last year set up a Vatican Secretariat for Nonbelievers to organize a dialogue with atheists, including Communists. Now, Marxist Roger Garaudy, the leading theoretician of the French Communist party, has written a book called From Anathema to Dialogue to "answer in a fraternal manner the appeal addressed to all" by Roman Catholicism. Praising it in the conservative Paris daily Le Figaro, French Novelist Fran├žois Mauriac urged his fellow Catholics to "buy this book by a Communist" and read...

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