No burial in the cathedral

No burial in the cathedral

In the last weeks of his life, Henryk Roman Cardinal Gulbinowicz was no longer allowed to use his episcopal insignia. His diocese distanced itself from him. As recently as 2009, he had been awarded Poland's highest decoration.

Henryk Roman Cardinal Gulbinowicz, the Archbishop of Wroclaw, is dead. The second-oldest cardinal in the universal Catholic Church died Monday in a Wroclaw hospital at the age of 97, according to the Wroclaw archdiocese and Radio Wroclaw. He was the second oldest cardinal in the universal church.

Gulbinowicz was one of the formative figures of the Polish church under Pope John Paul II. From 1976 to 2004 he led the archdiocese of Wroclaw. In 1985 Pope John Paul II made him. (1978-2005) to the cardinal.

No burial in cathedral after abuse allegations

Most recently, however, Gulbinowicz had fallen out of favor because of allegations of abuse. The Vatican banned him in early November from using bishop's insignia and attending public services and meetings; it also ruled out a funeral service and burial in the cathedral after Gulbinowicz's death. Even his former episcopal city of Wroclaw distanced itself from him. According to doctors, the cardinal was last in the hospital and was no longer responsive.

Gulbinowicz was accused of sexual abuse of a teenager and collaboration with the former communist secret service. Wroclaw poet Karol Chum had filed a criminal complaint in 2019; Gulbinowicz had accused him of sexual abuse in early 1990 shortly after his 16. Birthday abused in seminary.

Defender of the "Solidarnosc" union

During the martial law imposed on Poland by the communist rulers from 1981 to 1983, Gulbinowicz was one of the defenders of the freedom and trade union movement "Solidarnosc". He gave shelter to dissidents in his episcopal residence and hid 90 million Polish zloty from the state apparatus. Solidarnosc" had withdrawn the money from its bank account before the threat of confiscation by the secret service.

The communist regime in Warsaw had itself accepted Gulbinowicz as a candidate for the Wroclaw bishop's seat in 1976, wrongly aming it could easily control him. Soon, however, he showed himself to be fearless and quick-witted to those in power. In 2009, President Lech Kaczynski awarded the cardinal the country's highest honor, the Order of the White Eagle, primarily for his support of the democratic opposition to the Communists.

Gulbinowicz was born on 17. Born on October 1923 in Szukiszki, then Polish and now Lithuanian. Until the beginning of 2005, however, he gave as his date of birth 1928. Only then it became known that the date 1942 was changed so that the National Socialists did not deport him as a forced laborer.

He was ordained a priest in 1950. Pope Paul VI. (1963-1978) appointed him bishop in 1970 and put him in charge of the Polish section of the Vilnius Archdiocese in Bialystok. In 1976 he became archbishop of Wroclaw; in 1985 John Paul II made him. to the Cardinal.

climax in the year 2000

Among the highlights of his tenure in Wroclaw (1976-2004) were the celebrations of the 1.000th anniversary of his diocese in spring 2000. At the time, however, he caused ill-feeling among the German church delegation when he declared that the archdiocese of Wroclaw was on "eternally Polish land".

With the death of Gulbinowicz and that of Ecuadorian Cardinal Raul Eduardo Vela Chiriboga (86) on Sunday (local time), the College of Cardinals now has 216 members; at the end of November, Pope Francis will admit 13 more churchmen to his Senate.

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