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Go Straight To Hell; Do Not Collect Salvation

This is very disturbing:

The newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, resigned Sunday after admitting two days earlier to having worked with Poland's communist-era secret police.

The revelation has shaken one of Europe's largest Catholic communities and refocused scrutiny on charges of Communist collaboration by some of its clergy, even as the church supported dissidents trying to free themselves from the totalitarian yoke.

The archbishop had tried to minimize reports of his collaboration, which surfaced two weeks after Pope Benedict XVI named him to the job on Dec. 6, insisting that his contacts with the country's feared Sluzba Bezpieczenstwa, or security service, were benign and routine.

But Wielgus admitted to deeper involvement on Friday after documents from secret police files were published in Polish newspapers that suggested he had informed on fellow clerics for decades, beginning in the late 1960s.

Wielgus has maintained that his collaboration with the SB, as the Sluzba Bezpieczenstwa is known, did not involve spying on anyone and did not hurt anyone. Nonetheless, any cooperation between the Polish clergy and the SB is troubling to Poles, as it is to people all over the former Soviet bloc, because the church under John Paul II, the Polish- born pope, was a beacon of hope and encouragement to people fighting for freedom from communist oppression.

It is hard to imagine a bishop so weak or self-deluded as to do what this man has done. Butler's Lives of the Saints is rife with men and women willing to suffer all manner of torture and execution at the hands of tyrants in service of the truth; Wielgus is clearly not cut from the same cloth and thus is undeserving of his station.


Blogger Missy said...

Really sad.
Another wolf in sheeps clothing.

6:00 PM  

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