Religion: Reheaded

Last summer the Serbian Orthodox Church had a fight on its hands. Yugoslavia's Premier Milan Stoyadinovich and his Cabinet negotiated a concordat with the Vatican which would virtually have placed the Roman Catholic Church on equal terms with the well-entrenched

Orthodox Church. With no legal power to prevent its ratification, Orthodox Church followers (about half the population) proceeded to riot when the Lower House of Parliament ratified the concordat (TIME, Aug. 2).

Then Varnava, Patriarch of the Church, fell deathly ill and the Church showed its astuteness. By a Yugoslav law passed in 1930, the...