Roman Catholics: Rumors in Budapest

After the crushing of Hungary's anti-Russian revolt eleven years ago, Josef Cardinal Mindszenty took refuge in the U.S. mission in Budapest, where he has lived ever since. Last week Budapest buzzed with rumors that Mindszenty, now 75, was about to abandon his self-chosen prison. Lending weight to the reports, Vienna's Franziskus Cardinal König flew to Budapest for his fourth visit to Mindszenty this year. Yet at week's end König had again left the country—alone.

What had happened? Knowledgeable students of the Mindszenty affair were torn between two possible theories. One was that the cardinal had agreed to a Hungary-Vatican deal...

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