Poznan Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki has asked for an apology for the scandal surrounding his predecessor Juliusz Paetz, who died in mid-November. He is accused of sexual assaults against seminary students.
"I apologize for the nuisance that has occurred in the archdiocese. From the bottom of my heart, I apologize to the people who feel hurt," reads his pastoral letter for Advent read at church services Sunday. As everyone knew, Paetz was accused of "molesting seminarians," said Gadecki, who is president of the Polish Bishops' Conference.
The one on 15. Paetz, who died November at age 84, was archbishop in Poznan, western Poland, from 1996 to 2002. The Vatican, which is responsible for ecclesiastical proceedings, had not published the results of the investigation against him. Gadecki wrote in his pastoral letter that his predecessor had proclaimed his innocence and had not publicly expressed remorse despite his resignation.
Burial of deceased not in Poznan cathedral
Paetz was buried in a family plot in a parish cemetery instead of the Poznan Cathedral. Because of allegations of sexual assault, the faithful and clergy had appealed to Gadecki not to bury Paetz in the cathedral. Burial in the house of worship would mean "desecration of the memory of the churchmen resting there," they argued.
The Poznan daily "Glos Wielkopolski" reported Monday that a priest had demanded canonical proceedings against Paetz from the archbishopric a few months ago. It is unclear whether the case will be closed because of the death of the archbishop emeritus, it said. On its website, the paper published the five-page letter from Tadeusz Karkosz, then rector of the Poznan seminary, to Pope John Paul II in November 2001. (1978-2005). In it, Karkosz lists abuses by Paetz.
In March 2002, John Paul II. The resignation of the then 67-year-old accepted without giving a reason. The Congregation of Bishops at the time imposed restrictions on Paetz's priestly activities as well as public services. After stepping down in 2002, he made headlines several times for wanting to attend meetings of the bishops' conference and public Masses.