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Disobedience! Wojtyła Secretly Ordained Clergy

Kraków Cardinal Wojtyła and his Auxiliary Bishop Juliusz Groblicki (+1995) clandestinely ordained priests for Czechoslovakia in spite of the fact that the Holy See had forbidden underground bishops in that country to perform such ordinations.

George Weigel writes this in his Wojtyła biography Witness to Hope. Wojtyła did not inform the Holy See of the forbidden ordinations - also because he knew that the Vatican is full of traitors.

Peter Kwasniewski recapitulates in OnePeterFive.com (October 13) that Wojtyła proceeded with ordinations defying the papal interdict because he believed the pope was wrong with his appeasement politics towards communism.

Kwasniewski further points to the Ukrainian Cardinal Josyf Slipyj (+1984) who consecrated bishops against papal prohibitions. The most famous of them was Lubomyr Husar (+2017). His consecration caused many irritations in the Vatican but Husar, nevertheless, became a Cardinal.

For Kwasniewski such ordinations place a new light on Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, whom the same Wojtyła excommunicated for ordaining bishops without papal approval in 1988.

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Dr Bobus
The article is a nothing burger.

1. The authority of canon law is a manifestation of papal authority. Thus, the pope can dispense himself from the canon that prescribes a papal mandate for ordination.

2. How do we know that Paul VI didn't personally tell Cardinal Wojtyla to ordain priests secretly? Or that he didn't have had someone personally deliver a document to the Cardinal.

3. Paul VI …More
The article is a nothing burger.

1. The authority of canon law is a manifestation of papal authority. Thus, the pope can dispense himself from the canon that prescribes a papal mandate for ordination.

2. How do we know that Paul VI didn't personally tell Cardinal Wojtyla to ordain priests secretly? Or that he didn't have had someone personally deliver a document to the Cardinal.

3. Paul VI was under no moral obligation to tell Communists whether or not priests would be ordained behind the Iron Curtain. That is because the Communists had no right to the information.

4. Don Reto Nay and I lived with a Ukrainian bishop in Rome, formerly underground. He had been ordained a priest before JPII was pope. Both his priest and episcopal ordinations had been done in the middle of the night. Before the fall of the Soviet Empire he had never said mass wearing vestments. I once asked him whether thought communists knew he was a priest and bishop. He shook his head no, then drew his finger across his throat to show that his throat would have been cut.
Caroline03
Somebody may have made Fr Malachi Martin a Bishop also!
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John A Cassani
I would like to see the legal document that forbid bishops to ordain priests in Czechoslovakia. I would doubt that doing so would have incurred latae sententiae excommunication. Archbishop Lefebvre’s first act of defiance toward Rome was to ordain priests without dimissorial letters, which, though unlawful, did not incur automatic excommunication, under the 1917 Code in force at the time.
Dr Bobus
I'm only aware that PVI told the Communists none would be consecrated.
andrew24157
V.R.S. "Your prophets have seen false and foolish things for you. And they have not laid open your iniquity, to provoke you to repentance. Yet they have seen for you false revelations and banishments." (Lamentations 2:14).
V.R.S.
Does it make Mons. Wojtyla excommunicated ipso facto and therefore not-a-Pope?
PS AFAIR the 1951 decree of the HO referred only to episcopal consecrations (because of the situation in China).
n2999c
Easy to prove, as well. Put's a whole new light on the “disobedience” of Archbishop Lefebvre, doesn't it, eh?
Jeffrey Ade
And the idea of excommunicated prelates being pope? This is a new rabbit hole!
123jussi
Accuse? If true it is one of the good things he did! You cant be disobedient to an evil order.
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Ultraviolet
Easy to accuse dead men when they can't refute it, eh? ;-)