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KIRKUS REVIEW

In this strange age of ""the dialogue"" as well as of recurring fears from the likely imposition of control of freedom of worship by a growing plurality of Catholics among the citizenry of this country, Father D'Arcy's book can do much to dissipate the dichotomy. Opening with a set of philosophical distinctions, which do get tedious, as to the meaning of conscience -- citing Cicero on through St. Paul, St. Basil, St. Jerome and St. Thomas -- the presentation picks up pace as the author argues towards his main thesis: that Catholic doctrine positively demands freedom of conscience for all. In the process the elusive concept of the workings of natural law is treated most adequately, and the premise of the sovereign authority of conscience over all other considerations is clearly established. Those who read the

Publisher: Sheed and Ward