Page 10, 7th March 1958

7th March 1958
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Page 10, 7th March 1958 — THE PRATO CASE

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Continued frOm page 1 lives of well-known stars to which the Vatican has more than once drawn attention.

"It is easy to object, and to say, as some people do, that in matters of this kind Church authorities should leave things as they are, and not stir up more trouble by making spectacular denunciations.

"Imagine a similar happening-say, a divorce case-in a little village in England, where the priest feel that it is for the good of his community to denounce someone publicly who has caused grave scandal. He would be right to do Si) as a pastor of souls.

"Bot if the person so denounced takes him to court, and wins his case, what would happen ? Would there not be the same criticism, even on the part of English Catholics, that the priest had been tactless ? But would not most other Catholics approve? Would they not rally behind him?"

That is really what is happening in Italy today. though the perennial struggle there between the Church and the anticlericals and Communists has given the matter a special bitterness. But good Catholics at least will be strengthened in their convictions about the duties of their Faith, especially in the all-important subject of Christian marriage.

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