POLAND: MGR. WIELGUS’ RESIGNATION

Yesterday morning, the newsroom of the Holy See issued a release signed by mgr. Józef Kowalczyk, apostolic nuncio to Poland, to inform that "Mgr. Stanis³aw Wielgus, metropolitan archbishop of Warsaw, on the day he was expected to enter the cathedral basilica to start his pastoral office in the Church of Warsaw, handed in to His Holiness Benedict XVI his resignation from the canonical office, pursuant to canon 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law. The canon lays down that a bishop is asked to hand in his resignation in the event of an illness or some other major cause: in this case the problem was about investigating the extent of his relationship with the Communist regime. The Holy Father accepted archbishop Stanis³aw Wielgus’ resignation and replaced him with card. Józef Glemp, primate of Poland, apostolic director of the archdiocese of Warsaw, until new measures are taken". The release was read in the Cathedral of Warsaw before Mass that should have been celebrated for the official installation of the new archbishop. During the sermon, Cardinal Józef Glemp had criticised the way mgr. Wielgus had been accused, and mgr. Wielgus personally informed those present of his resignation. The many Polish bishops included the archbishop of Cracow, cardinal Stanis³aw Dziwisz, and the president of the Polish Bishops Conference, mgr Michalik.

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