Collaborations may be widespread in Eastern Europe

The Vatican secretary of state said the Polish church under the former communist regime was the "victim of abuse, forced to live in moments of uncertainty, even compromise." Poland was apparently not alone in this. Records released in recent years allege involvement by scores of priests - including two bishops in the Czech Republic and even the now retired primate of Hungary, who voted in the conclave that elected Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. Nor was the Catholic Church alone, as Orthodox and Protestant clergy have also been suspected of collaborating.

Collaborations may be widespread in Eastern Europe