The first group of bishops from Poland held an audience with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Friday. One of the topics of the conversation was the issue of harassment and the situation on the eastern border of Poland. After its conclusion, at a press conference, Adrian Galbas, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Ełk, said that “it was possible to hear before this ad limina visit that the bishops were called to the pope on a ‘carpet'”. – If this is what the “rug” should look like, I wish everyone such calls – he summed up.
From October 4, the first group of Polish bishops from the church provinces of Warmia, Białystok, Lublin and Przemyśl Latin are held a visit ad limina apostolorum (to the thresholds of the apostles) in the Holy See. On Tuesday, the bishops were in the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, the Congregation for Bishops and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The first group of bishops from Poland took place on Friday audience with Pope Francis. The conversation of 20 Polish bishops with the Pope lasted almost two hours.
“If this is what the ‘rug’ should look like, I wish everyone such calls”
At the press conference, the meeting with the Pope was reported to journalists by the Archbishop of Lublin, Archbishop Stanisław Budzik and the auxiliary bishop of the Ełk Diocese, Adrian Galbas.
Bishop Galbas said that “it was heard before this ad limina visit that the bishops are called to the pope on a ‘carpet’.” – If this is what the “rug” should look like, I wish everyone such calls. This meeting had nothing to do with the atmosphere of a “rug” or some kind of criminal meeting – he said.
– On the contrary, it was a very fraternal meeting. Its very arrangement, in a circle, that the Holy Father said at the very beginning: “You are free, every question you ask is appropriate, I will answer every question”. And he really answered all the questions that were important to us, and which concerned all matters of the Church in Poland, emphasized Bishop Galbas.
As he added, “one could indeed be surprised at the Holy Father’s orientation, who knows well what is happening in Poland, what tensions and tragedies we experience, but also what the strength and values of the Catholic Church are.” – The meeting enormously enriching and very spiritual, and at the same time very substantive – summed up the bishop.
Among the topics is the issue of harassment in the Church
Archbishop Stanisław Budzik said that the bishops’ raised the issue of molestation in the church by themselves. As he said, the Pope emphasized the need to “pay attention to the victims and help them.”
The bishops noted that the pope also knew what the situation was on the border with Belarus. – We wanted to present the topic. It turned out that the Pope knows everything in detail – said the bishops. They noted that Francis knows “the specificity of the situation” and that it is a complex international affair.
Referring to the atmosphere of the entire visit, Archbishop Budzik assured: “We were treated everywhere as partners, not those who need to be admonished”.
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