Religion: The Hour to Speak

No German churchman jangled the Nazis' nerves more successfully than bald, goateed little Dr. Friedrich Otto Dibelius, a Lutheran. Since the war, as Bishop of Berlin and Brandenburg, Dr. Dibelius' alert, twinkling-eyed integrity has proved almost equally galling to the Russian occupation authorities, in whose zone his church is located. To register their tacit support of his undercover battle, the Evangelical Church in Germany in its first official meeting this year elected him chairman (TIME, Jan. 24).

The Worry. Last week Bishop Dibelius delivered the most ringing condemnation of the Soviet zone's Communist regime that had been made by any churchman in...

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