Church and Communism

Archive Report

Conflict Between Communism and Religion

Sharpening of Religious-Red Controversy in Europe

Conflict between church and state in Eastern Europe, brought periodically to world attention since Communist governments came to power in that region, was dramatized early this year by the trial and conviction on treason charges of Cardinal Mindszenty in Hungary and of 15 Protestant ministers in Bulgaria. In mid-May the scene shifted to Czechoslovakia, where a sharp controversy rapidly developed between the government and the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop Beran in Prague escaped the fate of Mindszenty, at least for the time being, but his voice was silenced. Although the open conflict subsided, it still smolders and may break out again at any time. Or the scene may shift once more, perhaps to Poland.

Meanwhile, the ...

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