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(Studio) Abortion 1 issue being discussed at unusual conference of lay Catholics in Detroit, Michigan.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Detroit, Michigan) Conf. of Bishops asking conference of lay people elected from parishes all over country for recommendations. Those being made could, if adopted, reshape Catholic Church. Issues include ordination of women, marriage of priests, divorced Catholics, remarriage and ex-communication, support of ERA and gay rights and approval of abortion. [Catholics for Free Choice spokesperson Carol KING - says bishops should take into account 76% of Catholics are for woman's right to choose.] Many bishops wouldn't break with Roman policy on some issues. Most lay leaders believe bishops will have to take some action because of response from lay persons. [Lay leader Matthew AHMANN - says ideas expressed at meeting can't be escaped, are representative of church members around country and church must deal with it.] Importance of conference to future of Catholic Church noted.
REPORTER: Betty Ann Bowser
- Bowser, Betty Ann;
- Cronkite, Walter
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