The papal nuncio’s office in Slovakia called on church members to respect “in the spirit of faith” the decision of Pope Benedict XVI to recall Trnava Archbishop Róbert Bezák following an audit at the local archdiocese, the Sme daily reported.
In the first official statement issued since Bezák’s dismissal, the Vatican office wrote that Bezák knows the reasons for his recall as he was told by the bishops’ congregation after the papal visitation ended and he had responded in written form.
Bezák did not comment on this for Sme in order not to violate the Vatican’s ban on his talking to the media about the dismissal. The Vatican claims that the dismissal was prompted by “numerous impetuses from both believers and priests against him” but it did not name any names.
Sme wrote on July 10 that a restaurant that was recently opened at the Archbishop’s Office was closed on July 9 by the nuncio’s office. The restaurant was meant to open the church more to the public, Sme added.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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