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Hungary has withdrawn the last two government "supervisors" who have been stationed in diocesan offices, according to the German Catholic news agency KNA.
The government agents had been stationed in Szekesfehervar and the Byzantine Rite Diocese of Ilajdudorog. with the aim of limiting the contacts of the Bishops with their priests and people. They had sat in at all conversations with visitors, monitored phone calls. read all incoming and outgoing mail, and even kept the official episcopal seals.
KNA said the officials have now set themselves up in the parish administration of the See cities where they continue to watch the bishops, Meanwhile. KNA has also reported the arrest of a Jesuit, Fr. Jozsef Szabo who had been allowed to do parish work after the government suppressed religious order in 1950. Fr. Szabo was working with young people and had been frequently warned by Communist officials for his excessive zeal.
According to KNA. 700 priests forbidden by the Hungarian government to do pastoral work have to earn their living in industry. Among the 700 are about 100 released from prison by amnesties and about 400 former Religious who were not allowed to go into parish work.