Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Saturday. March 0, 1974-THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Mindszenty says church in crisis By PAUL HOFFMAN New York Times Service VIENNA-Jozef Cardinal Mindszenty is planning a tour of the United States soon to explain to Hungarian American communities and other groups why he refused to resign from his post in the Roman Catholic Church despite personal pleas from Pope Paul VI. The cardinal, a foe of communism who was long imprisoned in Hungary and then exiled, said to a newsman here that mankind was "in a grave crisis "So is the he added. Cardinal Mindszenty was relieved by the pope Feb. 5 as Archbishop of Esztergom, which includes Budapest, and by implication as Roman, Catholic primate of Hungary. The Vatican indicated that the pope had made this painful decision to improve church- state relations in Hungary. The cardinal, who will be 82 years old this month, seems in good health and in an unyielding spirit. During his visit to the Coffee boycott reviewed The United Church is having a second look at a boycott on Angolan coffee, though it will not alter its support of self- determination for the Angolan people. That information comes in a news story in the current issue of The United Church Observer. Reasons for the second look include the claims from coffee manufacturers that all instant coffees contain some Angolan beans. In addition, the companies say some of the statements in church literature about the boycott are misleading. One brochure picture, for example, was captioned, "forced laborers work under the guard of a Portuguese when the guard was actually there to protect workers from guerrillas, according to one boycott critic. In another case, a United Church missionary in Angola contends that boycott promoters are working from old information that there is no longer forced labor; working conditions have improved rapidly and coffee provides the funds for many economic improvements. IRENE ENNS Volunteer aiding retarded A graduate of Gait School of Nursing. Irene Enns, has commenced a volunteer service assignment under auspices of the General Conference Mennonite Church. Miss Enns. who graduated here in 1972, is helping mentally retarded persons in Elkhart, Indiana. The daughter of Jacob and Katherine Enns of Lethbridge, Miss Enns is a member of Coaldale Mennonite Church. United States, the cardinal expects to impress on the Hungarian Americans in New York and on his audiences elsewhere in the country that he coinsiders the Vatican's present policy of seeking accommodation with the communist governments in Hungary and in other East European countries a grave mistake. "At a certain moment in history you reach cross- a Hungarian priest in the cardinal's entourage said. "The politicians, the Vatican, the pope try to bypass it. Cardinal Mindszenty squarely and inflexibly stands at the crossroads, come what may." That expresses the mood of the aged cardinal and his few aides here. Mindszenty who spent 22 years of his life in prison in Hungry and in asylum in the U.S. mission in Budapest, seems all set to start a new crusade, publicly criticizing the Vatican for its avoidance of confrontations with communism. A series of talks with the cardinal, the persons around him and other churchmen here brought out that he feels elated by the worldwide response to his demotion. Stacks of telegrams and letters many simply addressed- "Cardinal Mindszenty, Vienna" keep arriving day after day. Most have been sent by Hungarians in the western hemisphere, in Australia and in other parts of the world. But many tributes to the cardinal come from other groups and persons, including high prelates in Rome and elsewhere. Mindszenty is informed that protests against his demotion have poured into the Vatican. No information on the volume and nature of such adverse mail is available from papal officials. "Cardinal Mindszenty feels again like a said an Austrian prelate who knows him. "This time he feels to be a. .victim not of communism but of what he thinks is a weak papacy." The cardinal is not speaking for the record right now on his removal by the pope from his Hungarian church offices and has so far declined all requests for television appearances. These days he is attending to the preparation for his journey to the United States and to the publication of his memoirs. MEMOIRS An announcement in Berlin that the Mindszenty memoirs will soon be published there has apparently caused uneasiness in the Vatican. A Vatican spokesman remarked that the book was not apt to contribute toward a calm atmosphere. The Vatican has not seen the manuscript, but takes it for granted that the memoirs will be fiercely anti- communist and will at least indirectly attack the papal policy toward the communist countries. Male model enters priesthood Literature is full of roustabout ex-priests. 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