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Polish broadcaster wins showdown with Cardinal Glemp

A controversial Polish Catholic radio station has apparently averted a direct confrontation with Cardinal Jozef Glemp.

Radio Maryja, an independent broadcaster which appeals to a conservative listening audience, has announced that it would "regularise the status of its offices" in the Warsaw archdiocese, in time to meet a 1 October deadline imposed by Cardinal Glemp.

The cardinal, in what had been widely interpreted as an effort to shut down Radio Maryja, had announced on 14 August that the station must conform to the provisions of the Code of Canon Law which require Catholic organisation to obtain a bishop's permission before undertaking fundraising efforts in parishes.

A decree of Cardinal Glemp requiring permission for parish fundraising applied only to the Archdiocese of Warsaw. However the cardinal hoped that other bishops would follow suit, closing down Radio Maryja offices in their own dioceses. But they supported the station rather than the cardinal.

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31 Oct 2002