To controversial Yugoslavia the Vatican last week decided to send one of the Catholic Church's most controversial bishops, Joseph Patrick Hurley* of St. Augustine, Fla.

Relations between the Vatican and Belgrade have been shaky since Marshal Tito rose to power. A recent letter to Pope Pius XII from the Yugoslav Episcopate made them even worse. The letter accused the Tito Government of closing Catholic schools, suppressing all Catholic newspapers and substituting civil marriages for religious ceremonies. Since the war's end. the letter added, 243 Yugoslav priests had been killed, 169 imprisoned.

By appointing Bishop Hurley to its top diplomatic post in Belgrade,...

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