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clares that the Government " does not intend to restrict the present state of religious instruction in schools." But the schools are already severely " restricted " and the secularisation of education by the Communists has been the cause of bitter complaint.
The clause therefore does no more than to perpetuate those restrictions.
A subsection affirms : " The authorities will not prevent pupils from taking part in religious practices outside she school."
But even this must be seen in the light of the unceasing official Marxist propaganda to which youth in Poland is subjected. Catholic schools are bound by the agreement to fulfill the programme established by the State authorities." The Lublin Catholic University will " be able to continue its activity owtitehrins.,,the present scope."
Catholic Press and publications are given "equal rights with
But the whole of the distribution of books and papers was taken over by the State immediately prior to the conclusion of the agreement, so that the right to publish carries no guarantee that the works will he distributed and sold.
Public worship, pilgrimages and processions are permitted " in agreement with the administrative authorities."
The biggest concession by the three Bishops (if, indeed they have conceded anything) is in the Protocol.
There it is laid down that the Bishops will permit priests to work in the fake Caritas, which the Communists have created out of the Church-run charitable body recently seized and staffed with Communists and fellow-travellers.
The presence in Rome at this moment of Fr. Dembrowski. who heads a small group of priests who have become the creatures of the Communists, at the same time as that of the Cardinal, may indicate that the unofficial agreement is being used as a lever to obtain from the Vatican approval for some or all of its provisions.