THE Communist oppression of religion in Rumania has reached such a pitch that active participation in religious activities is equivalent to a threat to one's existence. Many Christians dare not bring their children to church for Baptism any more. Priests read their sermons word for word from the pulpit, and in the confessional they do not answer any questionsthey Absolu tion. give the words of solu tion. The confessional has often been abused by secret police agents. Since October, 1959, the archdiocese of Bucharest has been run by Fr. Augustin. a former parish priest in Targoviste, about 50 miles north-west of Bucharest.
New ACTU head
Mr. Ernest McKie, an active member of the Transport and General Workers' Union since 1928, has been named to succeed Mr. R. P. Walsh as secretary of the Federation of Associations of Catholic Trade Unionists of Great Britain (ACTU). Mr McKie, who is 60, was born in Stepney and lives at Downham, Kent, Absolu tion. give the words of solu