Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

TA3 publishes alleged Vatican correspondence with Bezák

Although the Vatican has so far refused to disclose the reasons for the Pope's dismissal of Róbert Bezák from the post of Trnava archbishop earlier this month, Slovak TV news channel TA3 has now published what it says are copies of correspondence between Bezák and the Vatican that preceded his recall. TA3 published the correspondence on its website on July 14, the TASR newswire reported.

Although the Vatican has so far refused to disclose the reasons for the Pope's dismissal of Róbert Bezák from the post of Trnava archbishop earlier this month, Slovak TV news channel TA3 has now published what it says are copies of correspondence between Bezák and the Vatican that preceded his recall. TA3 published the correspondence on its website on July 14, the TASR newswire reported.

Among 11 accusations levelled at Bezák by the Vatican, according to the documents, are his selection of priests with dubious backgrounds – specified as homosexuals and those alleged to have had illegitimate children – as his close associates, and alleged mockery of the cassock as a piece of clothing worn by sorcerers, plus his own decision to dress occasionally in jeans or sweatpants.

Another accusation, according to the documents published by TA3, related to what the Vatican claimed were his disrespectful statements about the Pope and other priests, or references to himself as a "modern bishop and enlightened liberal", TASR wrote.

Bezák reportedly rejected all of the accusations in his responses to the Vatican.

Spokesperson for the Conference of Slovak Bishops (KBS) Ján Kováčik refused to comment on “the internal, partial correspondence between Monsignor Bezák and the relevant congregation, though it could prove to be authentic”, the Sme daily reported.

Vatican spokesperson Federico Lombardi told the daily he had nothing to add to the statements which had already been published.

Source: TASR, Sme

For more information about this story please see: Archbishop’s unexplained sacking prompts dismay, protests

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

Námestie Slobody gets facelift Photo

The architectural tender will gather ideas for the redesign of the biggest square in Bratislava

Námestie Slobody will be redesigned into a kind of living room in the city.

When the state can’t keep a secret

A selective leak has tarnished President Kiska’s reputation. But he must continue to speak out about corruption.

President Andrej Kiska

Fundamental values explored at Divadelná Nitra 2017

This time round, the Slovak, European and US ensembles at the theatre festival focus on #fundamentals, i.e. basic values and the essence of all things.

Nature Theatre of Oklahoma: Pursuit of Happiness

Foreign rocket engines for North Korea: Why?

For Russia, the path to a weakened China could be through a major nuclear accident in North Korea.