Czech Protestants will not officially take sides in the dispute between the Communist regime and the Catholic Church, according to Dr. Josef Hromadka, acting head of the Federal Council of Churches of Czechoslovakia.
Many Protestant laymen favour supporting the Catholics against the Communists, but for political rather than religious reasons, he said.
The Protestant churches have not suffered any interference. under the present regime, he continued. But an instructor has been teaching Marxism at the Jan Huss Theological Seminary in Prague, under a Government decree, since February. Protestant church officials, added Dr. Hromadka, feel that the present conflict is more political than religious. They regard it as entirely a Catholic affair. " If we felt they were suffering as a Christian body we would give them our support," Dr. Hromadka said.