This week the Roman Catholic bishopsof Czechoslovakia came to open defiance of the Communist government'snew laws to control and suppress the church (TIME, Nov. 14). In a letter to Communist Premier Antonin Zapotocky, the bishops told how they had tried to meet the government at least halfway, had issued "conciliatory directives" telling priests to accept state salaries and take an oath of loyalty to the Red regime. In return, the bishops said, the Communist government had issued new decrees which were "an attack on the organization and life of the church." The bishops' letter concluded: "We cannot render...

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