In Slovakia last week, peasants armed with scythes and clubs assailed police who entered parish churches to arrest Roman Catholic priests. At least two policemen were killed. Workers' militia and regular troops were rushed to the areas of disturbance.

Archbishop Beran, the calm center of the storm, remained a semi-prisoner in his Prague palace. All the resources of the Communist propaganda machine were employed in attacking him. The trade-union newspaper Prace accused him of working for "Wall Street-dominated Vatican City." "Leading such a gang," the paper said, "the Archbishop is heading into his own destruction."


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