COLOMBIA: Fawkes in Bogot

Catholic, democratic Colombia last week rocked with a Guy Fawkes scandal. Almost on the eve of Congressional elections, police surrounded the impressive colonial Cathedral of Bogota. Before a party of Church and Government officials who sped to the scene, they respectfully uncovered 800 bombs in the organ loft.

Promptly, 42 suspects were seized. Three priests among them were released, but the police held fast to several retired military officers, two Cathedral sacristans, some lay brothers. All belonged to Colombia's small clerical fascist clique which drew the country's attention last summer when liberal President Alfonso Lopez was kidnapped.

Soon afterward, 400 more bombs...