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Catholic Church / Priest Crisis #203326

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 29, 1969
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(Studio) Pope Paul announces estimate of theological commission to study difference between heresy and innovations in church. Many priests demand change.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(NYC) [Former priest, Doug MOONEY - says realized he didn't want to play God.] Reestablishment organization helps former clergy readjust to secular life. 2500 came here for help last year [MOONEY - says wanted to be treated as man.] [Former priest James VERITY - says reasons for leaving not ones once supposed.] John Cavanaugh quit priesthood and got $12,000 job with ad. firm. [CAVANAUGH - says new church to be built on ashes of old.] [Father Joseph BURNS - tells what Christ meant saying he was everywhere.] Burns wants to be worker priest and be released from celibacy vows. Burns works at Harlem Hospital as adviser; many consider him radical. [BURNS - says Pope John opened up windows. Need air conditioners now.] [Reverend James PINDAR - calls church institution. Former Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary John Gardner said there are often too many unloving critics and uncritical lovers. Church needs opposite. Can't say what will happen to men who left.] Fewer men enter seminaries.
REPORTER: Ponchitta Pierce

Cronkite, Walter;
Pierce, Ponchitta

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