Sunday, January 07, 2007

Wielgus resigns

Wielgus resigns hours before his installation.
Polish and Vatican officials held talks overnight on the fate of Stanislaw Wielgus, at the centre of communist-era spying row, the reports said.
Sunday's Mass was to take place despite Archbishop Wielgus' admission he collaborated with the secret police.
Poland's president had been expected to attend the event. Now it will honour Cardinal Glemp on his retirement.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Better to resign before rather than after becoming Archbishop. Big shock for the Poles though.

I suppose we can expect the usual BBC Schadenfreude.

Henry said...

He should not be judged too harshly. How many of us would have acted differently given the sort of pressures he must have been put under?

One of the lasting legacies of the Communist tyranny is that so many people had to make compromises in order to survive.

Hebdomadary said...

Charitable of you, Henry. I'm not sorry he's gone, though I still think there's more to it than meets the eye. One wonders what other names appear on the list of collaborators though,...even...surely not. But expect to be skewered for your moderate and charitable view, at least among traditionalists. I was, and I AM one!

Andrew said...

Archbishop Wielgus had already taken canonical possession of the Archdiocese and is now the Archbishop Emeritus of Cracow.

What do you think of the whole thing, Father?

As in the days of St. Cyprian of Carthage and Popes Sts. Stephen and Cornelius, do you think those who have fallen should be given a second chance?

Anonymous said...

At the Reformation only one English Bishop stayed loyal. Secondly, in the post-conciliar period, many British bishops have "cracked" (and continue to "crack") in the face of an aggressive liberal media assault on the Church and the allure of false ecumenism. The numbers implicated are far higher than 15% and include the majority of priests who have foolish followed these prelates. The result is that our Church is now in a complete mess and nobody has the humility to even admit there is problem let alone address and resolve the crisis.

caesium said...

I suspect that his betrayals were relatively uninteresting.

Fr Ray Blake said...

Andrew,
It does seem to be a contemporary version of the Donatist Crisis, Fr Zulsdorf has an interesting take on this.

Henry said...

I heard this story from a Jesuit: the KGB infiltrated the Jesuits by getting people in as novices, but after a while they got so bored when they realised there were no secrets or anything of interest to them so they left.