He was the new archbishop of Warsaw, and Benedict XVI had supported him almost
until the last moment. But then he ordered him to resign. There are many who have disappointed the pope – and some even in the Vatican
The oath he made to the papal envoy in Warsaw in December:
In the oath, as quoted by the PAP news agency, Wielgus said “I swear to God” that during meetings and talks with the secret security and intelligence forces in the 1970s, “I never spoke against the church, nor did I do or say anything bad against any clergy or lay people.”
As the church braced itself for more damaging disclosures, the hero of Solidarity joined the fray by blaming the crisis on former communist agents - threatened with the loss of their public sector jobs by the present administration - and government 'populists and demagogues'. Walesa accused the former agents of trying, in effect, to blackmail the state with the revelation.
The Vatican is alive with rumours that Giovanni Battista Cardinal Re, head of the Council of Bishops, will be the next victim of the affair, and that a satisfactory way to boot him upstairs is being contrived. After Bishop Wielgus's resignation, Cardinal Re declared: "We knew nothing about his collaboration". He was frankly not believed. "That was obviously rubbish", said one Vatican insider.
A senior clergyman said Friday that Poland's bishops will request a review of their Communist-era secret police files and send the findings to the Vatican, following a new archbishop's abrupt resignation over disclosures he spied for the old regime.
Now, church leaders are bracing for the impending release of Rev. Tadeusz
Isakowicz-Zaleski's book about the secret police's penetration of the church in
Krakow. The reverend pored through secret police archives kept by Poland's Institute of National Remembrance and discovered that 39 Krakow priests had
collaborated with the regime. Four of them are now bishops, he said.