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Senior Archbishop Marian Gołębiewski at the ceremony despite the ban. Jacek Prusak: none of the bishops had the courage to pay attention

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We wish that bishops could pay attention to themselves, since they pay attention to everyone else. But we still have to wait for that, said Jesuit Father Jacek Prusak on TVN24. In this way, he commented on the presence of Senior Archbishop Marian Gołębiewski at the church ceremony in Gliwice, despite the ban imposed on him by the Vatican.

On Saturday, March 11, 2023, the episcopal consecration and ingress of the diocesan bishop Sławomir Oder took place in the Gliwice Cathedral. He was consecrated by the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio.

The Eucharist was concelebrated by Archbishop of Wrocław Senior Marian Gołębiewskiwhich in 2021 received from the Vatican “prohibition to participate in any public ceremonies, both church and secular” in connection with his negligence in the cases of sexual abuse of minors by some priests from the Diocese of Koszalin-Kołobrzeg (1996-2004) and the Archdiocese of Wrocław (2004-2013).

Archbishop Gołębiewski at the ceremony in the cathedral in GliwiceZbigniew Meissner/PAP

Prusak: none of the bishops had the courage to draw attention to his colleague

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Gołębiewski’s violation of the ban was commented on by Jesuit priest Jacek Prusak in “Rozmowie Piaseckiego” on TVN24. He assessed that “unfortunately, the Polish episcopate is a gentleman’s club” and “of course, the official version will be that no bishop can publicly admonish another bishop, because that’s what the pope is for, who has his representative, which is the nuncio.” – The nuncio was there, reacted, but after. It is puzzling that the hosts neglected it – he said.

Prusak recalled that “we had similar situations before”. – And in those earlier situations, none of the bishops had the courage to point out to his colleague that not only is it not appropriate, but also not allowed to be in such a role in such a place – he noted.

– We would like bishops to be able to pay attention to themselves, since they pay attention to everyone else. But we still have to wait for that, said the Jesuit.

Main photo source: Zbigniew Meissner/PAP



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