Hungary: A Hollow Tolerance

When Hungary became the first Communist state to sign an agreement with the Vatican last September, it seemed as though the country's 6,000,000 Roman Catholics had regained some small but significant freedoms. Then Communist Boss János Kádár ordered his security police to get on with enforcing his regime's real policy toward religion: implacable enmity. If proof of that policy were needed, the Budapest Municipal Court has just supplied it with the trial and conviction of 13 priests on transparently flimsy charges of conspiring against the Communist system.

Subversive Catechism. Their crime was the...

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