Roman Catholicism: Freedom for a Fighter

It was again bishop's move in the diplomatic chess game played by Communism with the Roman Catholic Church.

Last week the brand-new Czechoslovak government of Premier Josef Lenart announced that Prague's Archbishop Josef Beran and four other prelates would be released from confinement.

The release of the five Czech bishops was the first sign of a thaw between the church and a Stalinist regime that has been tougher on Catholicism longer than any other satellite government. But it had in short (5 ft. 2 in.), cheerful Josef Beran a tough opponent. Son of...

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