Sunday, June 20, 2010

Parting Gift... or Papal Gaffe?

Parting Gift... or Papal Gaffe?
POLAND
Whispers in the Loggia (United States)

Just in case anyone thought the succession saga at the Congregation for Bishops was the only volatile backstory going these days... well, there's something else.

Yesterday, prominent reports in the Polish press circulated that, in recent weeks, the Vatican dicastery quietly removed the suspension from ministry of a Polish archbishop who resigned in disgrace in 2002 after allegations came to light that he had abused teenage seminarians in his local church.

While Archbishop Juliusz Paetz has categorically declared his innocence over the last decade, his departure from the helm of the 1.5 million-member church in Poznan was forced after a Vatican investigation concluded that the prelate's misconduct was well known to the degree that, years earlier, Paetz (right) had been banned from visiting his seminary given its rector's finding that, as the latter put it, the archbishop had "not changed his ways."

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