MGR. JOSEF GROSZ, Archbishop of Kalocsa. Hungary, has been released from prison on the same terms as Cardinal Mindszenty. Which means that he has merely been removed from jail to another place of detention with none of his episcopal rights restored.
The Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano remarks that " the new provision of ' clemency' in favour of the Archbishop of Kalocsa may be part of the new atmosphere of mildness which the Communist-inspired Governments are striving to promote by formal act ions.
" But it does not mean any change towards the Catholic Church or any attenuation of the militant persecution of religion which is a feature of Marxist Communism."
Archbishop Grosz was the senior member of the Hungarian Ilierarchy remaining free after the imprisonment of Cardinal Mindszenty. He was arrested less than three years after the Cardinal and sentenced to 15 years in jail.
Wall of silence
The charges were the Usual ones --" plotting against the Government, black market currency dealings. helping people to flee the country. and other offences."
Now the Communists say that his sentence " will be adjourned," and that he will " live in a church building designated by the Hungarian Government."
Mgr. Grosz is the son of peasant parents. He is 67.
A wall of silence has surrounded him ever since his sentence.