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Polish cardinal chastised by Vatican hospitalized

WARSAW, Poland (AP) – A distinguished Polish cardinal who was not too long ago sanctioned by the Vatican over se-x scandal instances has been hospitalized since final week and stays unconscious, Polish media stated Tuesday.

Retired Archbishop Henryk Gulbinowicz was sanctioned by the Vatican final week after the 97-year-old was accused of se-xually abusing a seminarian and of overlaying up abuse in one other case.

The Vatican’s embassy in Poland stated Friday that Gulbinowicz, the previous archbishop of Wroclaw, has been forbidden from utilizing his bishop’s insignia and taking part in any spiritual celebrations or public occasions.

The as soon as well-respected cardinal, who supported Poland’s pro-democracy Solidarity motion within the Nineteen Eighties, has additionally been denied the correct to have a cathedral bur-ial service or to be buried in a cathedral.

Gulbinowicz was additionally ordered to pay a “certain amount of money” to a Polish church charity that helps victims of sexual abuse.

The embassy’s assertion stated the sanctioning selections had been taken as a “result of an investigation into accusations made against Card. Henryk Gulbinowicz and after an analysis of other allegations” in regards to the cardinal.

Professor Wojciech Witkiewicz, head of the hospital in Wroclaw, informed Radio Wroclaw Tuesday that Gulbinowicz is in a really critical situation and unconscious.

Local each day Gazeta Wroclawska stated Gulbinowicz was hospitalized Wednesday. A couple of days earlier, Vatican envoys had knowledgeable him concerning the sanctions.

Last yr, prosecutors in Wroclaw opened an investigation into allegations towards Gulbinowicz regarding sexual abuse of a seminarian within the Nineteen Eighties, however they dropped the case as a result of an excessive amount of time had handed.

Gulbinowicz was additionally cited in a latest video documentary in Poland, referred to as “Tell No One,” about predator monks and coverup efforts. It alleged that Gulbinowicz saved a priest suspected of abuse of minors from arrest by vouching for him.

Recently, allegations had been additionally made that Gulbinowicz was an informer for the communist-era secret safety.

Gulbinowicz is the newest Polish prelate to be sanctioned after a Vatican-mandated investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct.

The reckoning has rocked the Catholic hierarchy in predominantly Roman Catholic Poland, the place the clergy have lengthy been held in excessive esteem and St. John Paul II, the Polish pope, stays a determine of nationwide delight.

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