'Bishops had ties to communist-era secret services'

A special commission of Poland's Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday that documents in secret police files showed about a dozen living bishops had ties to the communist-era secret services.

'Bishops had ties to communist-era secret services'
A special commission of Poland's Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday that documents in secret police files showed about a dozen living bishops had ties to the communist-era secret services.

But a top bishop said that the former secret police documents may not be an accurate guide.

Poland's Roman Catholic bishops asked the special church commission to review their communist-era files in January, after a scandal in which the new archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus, resigned just before his installation over disclosures he had cooperated with the communist secret police.

Other prominent clergy have also resigned over similar allegations. The church, revered in Poland for its resistance to the communists, has been rocked by the revelations.

After six months of work, the commission said that among Poland's 132 bishops "about a dozen were registered by the security services of communist Poland as 'secret collaborators' or 'operational contacts,'" while one was registered as an "agent" of the intelligence service.

Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz said that the commission's initial report would be forwarded to the Vatican for further evaluation.

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