Prominent Polish Cardinal Henryk Gulbinowicz, a long-time archbishop of Wroclaw died on Monday, the Polish Bishop’s Conference said.
The cause of death was not immediately disclosed, but he had been ill and hospitalised.
Just days ago Gulbinowicz, 97, was penalised by the Holy See over accusations linked to his past likely to do with sexual abuse scandals.
Gulbinowicz had been banned from official appearances, celebrating public mass and using his bishop’s Holy See insignia.
He also lost the right to be buried in a cathedral and was to donate to a Church run Foundation supporting sexual abuse victims.
Although, the document issued in early November by the office of the pope’s envoy in Poland did not specify the accusations, Gulbinowicz has been publicly accused of sexual misconduct and covering up sexual abuse among priests subordinate to him.
Gulbinowicz has also faced accusations of cooperating with security forces of the former communist regime.
Accusations related to covering up sex abuse scandals within the Polish church have recently been lodged against other prominent bishops, including archbishop-emeritus Slawoj Leszek Glodz and Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the archbishop emeritus of Krakow and personal secretary to Pope John Paul II. (dpa/NAN)
– Nov. 16, 2020 @ 15:45 GMT |