TWO Slovak Bishops, Mgr. Buzalka and Mgr. Barnes, have during the past week been arrested
by Czechoslovakia's political police, according to reports reaching Vatican City and Vienna.
No report of their arrest has yet come from official Czech sources, but it is believed that Mgr. Buzalka, Bishop of Terriava, Bratislava, may be made the centre of a big political trial.
If this is so it will be the first trial of a Catholic Bishop by the Czech Communist Government and would represent the opening of a new stage in the fight to destroy the Church.
Mgr. Stephen Flames is Auxiliary Bishop of Spie.
Vatican spokesmen stated on Monday that two other Bishops of the Oriental Rite were recently arrested and all other Slovak Bishops are under house arrest.
Sirsingest resistance to the Communist schemes has come from solidly-Catholic Slovakia and the Communists' decision to strike at the Slovak Bishops reflects their intention at all costs to disrupt the Church there.
It also seems likely that the move is intended to rob the most Catholic part of the State of its religious leaders preparatory to the arrest of Archbishop Beran. of Prague. against whom so many threats have been made.