Church in the World
Cardinal calls for sacking of radio priest
- 8 September 2007
POPE JOHN Paul II's former private secretary has called for the sacking of the priest heading a controversial Catholic radio station who has been accused of making anti-Semitic remarks, writes Abigail Frymann.
Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the Archbishop of Krakow, said Poland's bishops should exercise close supervision over Radio Maryja, founded and run by Fr Tadeusz Rydzyk, adding that the station threatened the unity of Polish Catholicism and was part of a worrying trend in which the work of the Catholic Church was "gradually slipping out of the bishops' control". The cardinal said that Fr Rydzyk, a Redemptorist priest, should be replaced by someone more in line with the wishes of the Polish Catholic hierarchy.
Cardinal Dziwisz made his remarks at a meeting of the Polish hierarchy late last month, according to a report in the Polish Catholic weekly, Tygodnik Powszechny. Poland's bishops are divided over the cardinal's comments, with the country's primate, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, among those who back the cardinal while Archbishop Leszek Slawoj Glodz of Warsaw-Prague leads a number of bishops in voicing support for the current leadership of the radio station.