See this online text:
- Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania (Translation of Authentic First-Hand Reports from Soviet-Occupied Lithuania), No. 10: Struggle for Survival (Maspeth, Long Island, New York: The Lithuanian Roman Catholic Priests’ League). With a letter to the Lithuanian people from Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty dated “75 02 22” or 22 February 1975, which only appears on the pdf copy. May be read online on this page and available in pdf format on this page at Chronicle of the Catholic Church in Lithuania. [N.B., The title of the Chronicle in Lithuanian appears to be Lietuvos Katalikų Bažnyčios Kronika]
Bishop Motiejus Valančius. Image from Wikipedia
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From page 12 of the text:
“The atheists, taking a page out of the Czars’ book, wish to use ecclesiastical leadership in their war against the Catholic Church. They try to place in responsible positions bishops cr [sic] priests submissive to the government, who would carry out directives detrimental to the Church, misinform the faithful world-wide about so-called freedom [sic] of the Church, and promulgate the regulations of the atheists government among the priests, to restrict the priests’ work: the catechizing of children, canonical visitation of parishes, etc.
“The Church of Silence will never understand the kind of diplomacy which would make it possible for the atheists to rejoice over the fact that the Vatican itself disagrees with those priests and laity who are struggling and suffering for the Fai[t]h. In return for diplomatic concessoins [sic], the atheistic government can promise much, sign the most beautiful treaties, but these will remain a dead letter, like the Declaration of Human Rights, which the atheistic government signed.”
From the letter of Cardinal Mindszenty to the Lithuanian people (on page 3 of the text):
“You are one of the oldest nations on European soil and firmly rooted in the Faith and in the Church of Christ… [Y]ou have lived through glorious times and—more important—through times of persecution and suffering. Your nation now faces probably the hardest ordeal of its history. Do not lose heart. Injustice, wrong and crime will never be transformed into justice, right and blessings merely by the fact that a long interval has elapsed. Have confidence, pray and renew yourselves spiritually and your country and your nation will be restored to freedom and dignity. Do not hate; the more and better we pray for our persecutors, the sooner will their hearts be converted to what we pray for.”