CBS Evening News for Monday, Oct 16, 1978
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(Studio) Soviet news agency Tass' report on selection of new pope, without mentioning his past criticisms of Polish Communist government as Archbishop of Krakow, noted. Interview of then-Cardinal Karol Wojtyla by author James Michener for PBS earlier in year shown. [MICHENER - asks if position of Catholic Church in Poland is different from that in US.] [WOJTYLA - discusses Catholic Church in Poland.]
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite (KCET videotape)
(NYC) Report on Catholic Church in Poland, its strength among peasants and Communist party's failure to break it. March shown in film noted as orchestrated for filming. Relations between church and government in Poland examined. Ex. of church struggles in Poland cited; cathedral shaped like Noah's Ark featured. Strongest political force in Poland reported not to be Communism or Catholicism, but ntlism.; church's strong identity with ntlist. feelings stated. Potential ramifications that church's strength in Poland and elevation of Polish cardinal to pope have for rest of eastern Europe outlined. Selection of Wojtyla as pope cited as another challenge from Catholic Church to Soviet Communism
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Studio) Reaction in United States to selection of new pope reported President Carter's remarks noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Carter's remarks, on return from Camp David, given. [CARTER - thinks it's good move. Says new pope is friend of national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski and has been in US.] Brzezinski's reaction reported [BRZEZINSKI - states impressions of new pope and advantages John Paul II's background will give him in position.] Refusal of Brzezinski and other US officials to comment on political implications of John Paul's election, saying that it is inappropriate, noted; private approval of political credentials of pope mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer