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New Polish Archbishop In Spy Row
01-05-2007, 02:19 PM,
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New Polish Archbishop In Spy Row
Quote:The new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, collaborated with the secret police in the communist era, Polish investigators say.
The revelations have triggered calls for his resignation.

Polish ombudsman Janusz Kochanowski said the files he examined showed that Archbishop Wielgus was a communist collaborator in the 1970s.

He has admitted having had contacts with security agents but denied informing on priests, Polish media say.

The BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw says Poland's communist authorities were particularly anxious to infiltrate the Catholic Church because they viewed it as a centre of resistance, but most priests refused to inform on their colleagues.

Last month Pope Benedict XVI appointed Stanislaw Wielgus Archbishop of Warsaw, one of the most senior positions in the Polish Catholic Church, which has a very prominent role in Polish society.

He is due to take up his position formally on Sunday.

Historians estimate up to 15% of Polish clergy agreed to inform on their colleagues in the communist era.

After the allegations first surfaced about Archbishop Wielgus two weeks ago he called them a hoax, but asked officials to investigate his secret police file.

Polish church leaders and the Vatican sprang to his defence.

http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6233531.stm
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