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11The Catholic Church Defends My Left Flank

Peace must be realized in Truth; it must be built upon justice; it must be animated in love; it must be brought to being in freedom.—POPE JOHN XXIII, Pacem in Terris

EACH VISIT TO THE SOVIET UNION was equivalent to an extension course in a premier university. It filled my intellectual cupboard with new information, with cultural nuance as well as with irreconcilable contradictions. On one hand, there was a colossus spanning two continents, blessed with a highly literate, proud population thirsting for a better life. Their burgeoning arsenal of nuclear mayhem buffed up superpower pretensions. On the other hand, the country was underdeveloped and had never quite exited the nineteenth century, handicapped ...

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