Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz
Archbishop of Kraków
Apr 27, 1939
Mar 24, 2006
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English Cardinal censures curious cleric
Jun 24, 2006
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz has forbidden a priest from revealing information on clerics cooperating with communist secret services.

(Warsaw Business Journal, 5th June 2006) Hejmo, Czajkowski, Malinski - in the last year three priests' names have already made it into the headlines, as they were all suspected of cooperating with communist secret services (SB). Fathers Hejmo and Maliński were close to the late Pope John Paul II while Father Czajkowski was accused of informing on Father Jerzy Popieluszko - a legend of the Solidarity movement who was murdered by the SB.

Last week, Father Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, who was conducting research on SB agents in the church in Kraków, called a press conference to reveal information he came across while looking through the archives of the National Remembrance Institute (IPN). He claimed to know the names of 28 SB collaborators within the Kraków church, eight of whom are already dead.

A couple of hours before the meeting with journalists, Father Zaleski was summoned to the curia and handed a letter from Cardinal Dziwisz, which forbade him from talking to the press about his findings or continuing his research. "As the illegal sullying of somebody's good name is a crime and by announcing that you are going to reveal the names of clerics suspected of collaboration with SB, you have come very close to committing one. I hereby give you a canonic reprimand pursuant to the relevant regulations," Dziwisz wrote.

Father Zaleski, a famous priest within the Solidarity movement in Nowa Huta, told the journalists: "I accept this decision in the spirit of obedience towards Kraków's archbishop," but later added: "I have a moral right to talk about my generation. It is the generation of people who in the 1980s stayed in Poland, survived the times of Solidarity and martial law." This was a clear allusion to Cardinal Dziwisz, who lived in Vatican between 1978 and 2005.
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