CNA Staff, Nov 6, 2020 / 06:00 am
The apostolic nunciature in Poland announced Friday disciplinary measures against a 97-year-old cardinal.
A Nov. 6 statement, posted on the apostolic nunciature’s website, said that Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz would be subject to strict restrictions as the result of an investigation.
The nunciature did not specify why it had taken the step. It said only that the Holy See had imposed the measures “as a result of the investigation of the accusations against Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz and after analyzing other accusations concerning the past of the cardinal.”
The nunciature explained that the churchman, who served as archbishop of Wrocław, in southwest Poland, from 1976 to 2004, was prohibited from attending any celebrations or public meetings. He was also forbidden to use bishops’ insignia.
In addition, he was forbidden to have a funeral service at the city’s Cathedral of St. John the Baptist or to be buried in the cathedral.
Finally, the cardinal was required to donate an “appropriate” sum of money to the St. Joseph Foundation, established by the Polish bishops in October 2019 to support abuse victims and promote safeguarding.
Gulbinowicz was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Oct. 17, 1923, when the city was known as Wilno and belonged to Poland. He was ordained a bishop in 1970 by Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. He was appointed a cardinal in 1985 by Pope John Paul II.
He was a notable supporter of the trade union Solidarity, which played a critical role in the collapse of communism in Poland.