ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 23, 1968
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(Studio) Pope Paul fears some young and rebellious Catholics will come under Communist influence. Priests not mentioned, though Vatican concerned over priests' defiance with regard to birth control. National Federation of Priests Council meets in Washington, DC to try to find way to settle dispute.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Small and vocal group of priests in Washington, DC area tell public that man may follow own conscience with regard to birth control. Patrick Cardinal O'Boyle says Pope's decree must be followed. [O'BOYLE - says teaching of Church as in Pope's encyclical is true and right.] Some liberal Catholics walk out. [O'BOYLE - says couldn't let you be misled by freedom of conscience that could bring horrible curse.] [Association Laymen Richard LEAHEY - says O'Boyle takes this personally. No 1 challenging Pope's office or encyclical or Bishop's office. Issue is of conscience.] [CATHOLIC - says he is for anything the Pope and Cardinal say is right.] [2nd CATHOLIC - says encyclical need not be followed dogmatically.] [3rd CATHOLIC - says we walked out.] Shouting match shown. Many Catholics won't follow Pope's encyclical.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
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