Rorate Caeli

Wielgus falls

Archbishop Wielgus has resigned, less than one hour before his official installation. From the Press Office of the Holy See:

The Apostolic Nunciature in Poland informs that His Excellency Abp. Stanisław Wielgus, Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw, on the day in which his installation, beginning his pastoral ministry in the Church of Warsaw, was expected at the Basilica-Cathedral, tendered to His Holiness Benedict XVI his resignation from the canonical office, as established in Can. 401 § 2 of the Code of Canon Law.

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Stanisław Wielgus and has named His Emminence Cardinal Józef Glemp, Primate of Poland, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Warsaw until further provision.

Warsaw, January 7, 2007

+ Józef Kowalczyk
Apostolic Nuncio in Poland
These were our posts on the Wielgus affair in recent days:

8. A Rorate Cæli Editorial: Ecce advenit dominator Dominus

7. Before Wielgus,...

6. Appeal of the Metropolitan Archbishop of Warsaw

5. Announcement of the Church Historical Commission

4. Wielgus crisis deepens

3. Other Polish Churchmen "knew how to refuse the offers"

2. Towarzysz Wielgus: Update

1. The Wielgus affair: Communist spy turned Archbishop of Warsaw

We could not have remained silent, for Holy Mother Church and in remembrance of those who were martyred, imprisoned, and persecuted by the Atheistic regime of Communist Poland.