Religion: Kyrie Eleison

It was almost as breathtaking as if the Vatican had suddenly given its blessing to atheism. The Moscow radio announced this week that the Soviet Government would permit what remains of the Greek Orthodox Church,* disestablished since the Russian Revolution, to elect a Patriarch and form a Holy Synod. This act would amount to official restoration of the church in Russia, where, despite official Soviet apologetics, religion has in effect been banned since the advent of the Bolsheviks.

The steps whereby this historic about face was made were of Byzantine indirection. As Bolshevik...

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