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Pope accepts resignation of Polish archbishop accused of molestation

Pope John Paul II has accepted the resignation of a Polish archbishop accused of sexually molesting seminarians, although the archbishop of Poznan has continued to deny the allegations.

Archbishop Juliusz Paetz announced his resignation "for the good of the church" during last week's celebration of the chrism Mass, the annual Mass in which a bishop, gathered with his diocesan priests, blesses the oils to be used for sacramental anointing during the coming year.

The Vatican, after an investigation that lasted at least four months, announced the same day that Pope John Paul "has accepted the resignation of the pastoral government of the Archdiocese of Poznan" offered by Archbishop Paetz, 67.

In an unusually quick move, Pope John Paul also named Auxiliary Bishop Stanislaw Gadecki of Gniezno, 52, to succeed the archbishop.

Polish archbishop quits in sex row (BBC)


2 Apr 2002