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Polish Primate defies Govt.

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CARDINAL WYSZYN "-A SKI, Primate of Poland, issued a direct challenge to Poland's Communist Government on Sunday, when he announced that religious instruction in Catholic schools would continue, in spite of new regulations imposed by the State-controlled School Inspectorates, who have forbidden most priests in Poland to teach religion.

In a pastoral letter, which all the Polish Bishops signed, the Cardinal protested that priests who defied the inspectorates faced fines of at least 1,0(10 zlotys, which is equivalent to over £90.

Cardinal Wyszynski emphasised that religious teaching was not only part of the vocation of a priest but "in accord with the Polish Constitution and the agreement between the State and the Church".

The inspectorates have also forbidden, the pastoral continues, "religious classes in private homes. parish rooms, and even in churches."




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