HUNGARY: End of the Other Road

Roman Catholic leaders are divided on how to meet oppression in Communist countries. One group counsels firm resistance to Communist pressure, even where resistance has no immediate chance of standing up against Communist police power; Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty, Primate of Hungary, who refused to make certain compromises with the Reds, is a symbol of this policy.

The second group, which is very influential in the Vatican, advocates a "policy of survival." It holds that churchmen under Communism should make all possible compromises not directly contrary to essentials of their faith, in an effort to keep a light flickering in the...

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