A bill which would permit the establishment of monasteries and convents in Sweden is to be submitted soon to the Stockholm parliament, according to reports here in Frankfurt.
Swedish Catholics still arc considerably restricted in their freedom. None can teach in the primary schools. To get a passport, a Catholic must first apply to a Lutheran pastor for a certificate of good conduct, and Catholics are not permitted to marry, even if the other party is a Catholic, unless banns are first published in the Lutheran church.
No Swede can legally become a Catholic except after his intention of conversion has twice been made public in a Lutheran church,
If the Swedish Parliament should now pass legislation allowing the establishment of monastic orders it may prove a considerable step toward restoring full freedom of worship.