"Mindszenty Cleared Posthumously"
(Worldwide condemnation of 1949 show trial)
By Attila Leitner
"Shortly before his arrest he (Card. Mindszenty) wrote a note to the effect that he had not been involved in any conspiracy and any confession he might make would be under duress."
The late cardinal and Esztergom archbishop József Mindszenty has received a full legal, moral and political rehabilitation by the Chief Prosecutor’s Office.
The ruling ends a 23-year procedure that began with a re-trial process of his show trial, number 254/1949, in 1989. A law passed by Parliament and a ruling of the Supreme Court in the following year had already declared the innocence of Mindszenty, and the current resolution merely closes the official investigation by the prosecution. [...]
Imprisoned for beliefs
Mindszenty – who was featured on the 14 February 1949 cover of Time magazine – was a steadfast supporter of church freedom (The Catholic Church's rights. -TCW) and an opponent of communism ... .
Mindszenty was arrested (in 1948) – already a cardinal – after religious orders were banned by the government.
Shortly before his arrest he wrote a note to the effect that he had not been involved in any conspiracy and any confession he might make would be under duress. While he was imprisoned by the communist government he “confessed” to working with Americans against the state of Hungary. Among other forced confessions, Mindszenty admitted that he had orchestrated the theft of Hungary’s crown jewels with the explicit purpose of crowning Otto von Habsburg emperor of Eastern Europe.
He “admitted” that he had schemed to remove the communist government, had planned a Third World War and that, once this war was won by the Americans, he himself would assume political power in Hungary.
15 years in U.S. embassy
On 3 February 1949 his trial began. In a matter of five days Mindszenty was sentenced to life imprisonment, prompting worldwide condemnation ... . Freed in the 1956 Uprising he was granted political asylum and lived in the U.S. embassy in Budapest for 15 years. He was finally allowed to leave the country in 1971, before dying in exile in 1975 in Vienna. [...] ... the Catholic Church never accepted the communist life sentence and even excommunicated all persons involved in the trial and conviction ... . (End)
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