Circumstances surrounding Bezák’s dismissal ‘purifies the church’, says archbishop

Though Slovakia’s Catholic bishops are aware of statements suggesting that the recent dismissal of Róbert Bezák from the post of archbishop of Trnava might harm the church, they believe that this effect can be evaluated only retrospectively, said the chair of the Conference of Slovak Bishops (KBS), Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský, after a meeting in the resort town of Donovaly in central Slovakia.

Though Slovakia’s Catholic bishops are aware of statements suggesting that the recent dismissal of Róbert Bezák from the post of archbishop of Trnava might harm the church, they believe that this effect can be evaluated only retrospectively, said the chair of the Conference of Slovak Bishops (KBS), Archbishop Stanislav Zvolenský, after a meeting in the resort town of Donovaly in central Slovakia.

“At the moment we also realise that we clearly see this purifies the church as well,” he said, as quoted by the SITA newswire, without giving any further explanation.

He added that it is good when people like a priest or bishop, but that several of the public reactions to Bezák’s dismissal were based on incorrect information.

Slovak bishops have refused to comment on the reasons set out in the reported correspondence between Bezák and the Vatican published by Slovak TV news channel TA3.

Zvolenský added that during an apostolic visitation, based on which the Vatican sacked Bezák as archbishop, the representatives of the Vatican heard many people, including bishops, who had to promise not to talk about their conversations, SITA wrote.

Source: SITA

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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