Religion: Aftershock from a Papal Visit...

U.S. Roman Catholics take stock of John Paul's tough messages

The setting for the sermon on the Mall could hardly have been more dramatic. The preacher was Pope John Paul II, and his key topic was abortion. In the windswept Washington congregation of 175,000 sat Chief Justice Warren Burger, who concurred with the opinion that struck down all antiabortion laws. In the distance was the Capitol, where Congress had long been ensnarled in a nearly $500 billion budget impasse over abortion funding. Declared John Paul: "We will stand up every time that human life...

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