they tendered to young Christians was--perhaps not deliberately-- somewhat ambiguous, on the whole they favoured compliance, making a virtue out of necessity. They resented the challenge to their authority by 'anonymous theologians' who counselled refusal of the STO, and claimed they alone had the right to act as spiritual directors of conscience. On the positive side, the despatch clandestinely of priests in the guise of workers to Germany marked the beginnings of the workerpriest movement, which, though it ultimately collapsed, did bring the Church and the working-class somewhat closer together. By now the moment had come to judge the record of Christians, bishops, priests, pastors and laity alike. Would they at the Liberation be weighed in the balance and found wanting?
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