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When the bishops' synod on the Christian family convened in Rome last fall, there were hopes that the Church would reform its position on such crucial issues as birth control and divorce. But, despite pleas from liberal prelates around the world, the Vatican-dominated synod reaffirmed the precedence of law over compassion.
Why should the garbage man make more than the schoolteacher? Labor experts are responding to such questions with an effort to establish standards of “comparable worth" among various occupations.
True believers in the intrinsic worth of gold feel that the precious metal may soon be restored to its historic role as the basis for all currency, that doomsday draws near for printing-press dollars. Oddly enough, a return to the gold standard would cost the gold bugs a lot of money.
Wherever there is stillness there is the still small voice, nature’s old song and dance . . A meditation on silence and other matters.
A stagnant economy and oppressive monitoring by Communist functionaries have reduced the once buoyant Czechs to frustration and resignation.
The last of America’s Cuban refugees, some 6000 strong, still live a closely guarded life on an Army base in western Arkansas. If some harbor criminal impulses, many others want only the chance to fit into the quiltwork of American life.