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(Studio) Criticism of President Reagan's announcement of formal diplomatic ties with Vatican outlined.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(DC) Vatican's size and guards' uniforms (designed by Michelangelo) noted; primary focus of opposition to today's announcement of full dip. ties discussed. [Seventh Day Adventist spokesperson Dr. Burt BEACH - believes dip. rel. discriminates against other churches; explains.] [State Department spokesperson John HUGHES - denies constitutional conflict.] Concern that Pope John Paul II will interfere in United States domestic affairs as he has in Poland noted. ["America" magazine editor Fr. Joseph O'HARE, - doubts advantages for American Catholics by such diplomatic arrangement.] Reagan thought naming William Wilson as ambassador to Vatican. [WILSON - notes advantages of formal rel.] Possible impact of President's actions on election yr. debate considered.
REPORTER: Bill McLaughlin
- McLaughlin, Bill;
- Rather, Dan
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