Haiti: Church v. Statism

Before dawn one day last week, police and armed civilian partisans of Haiti's President François Duvalier burst in on the country's top remaining Roman Catholic cleric. Haitian-born Bishop Remy Augustin was hustled off to jail so. fast he forgot his dental plates. Fourteen hours later he was expelled from the island. Two days later four more priests were expelled.

The Vatican was outraged, immediately decreed automatic excommunication for all those who took part in expelling the bishop. Presumably this included Duvalier himself. But Haiti's power-hungry President has already gone too far to stop. Since his election three years ago, he has...

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