Poland : Publication…Revelation?  

Source: FSSPX News


The publishing house Znak, of Krakow announced the imminent release, February 28, of a book by Fr. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Saleski entitled Priests before the SB. After having portrayed in the first six chapters many heroic prelates, confronted by the communist regime, the author presents us with 39 prelates including 4 bishops, as having been agents of the communist political police (SB).

 Fr. Isakowicz-Saleski has been chaplain to the Solidarity trade-union in Nowa Huta, a working class suburb of Cracow. He was able to consult the archives of the communist police (SB) without the authorization of Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, archbishop of Krakow. He was thus able to publish this “information” on his fellow priests. Cardinal Jozef Glempf did not hesitate to describe him as a “super agent”, before offering his apologies.

 The Polish historian Peter Raina, gave his opinion in an interview granted to the Zenit agency last June, and published on January 12 and 14. The author of many books on the contemporary history of the Church, and in particular the Polish Church, he has published several volumes on Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, essays and articles on Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko and Fr. Konrad Hejmo, accused by the press of being a Russian spy in the Vatican. Peter Raina points out: “According to the decision of the Polish parliament, the archives of the Secret Service should have long been stored in the offices of the Institute of  National  Memory, which is not the case. A part of the archives has been retained at the Home Office, and paradoxically, in order to put them in order, they called on the former employees of the communist Service!” (…) “All that has happened and is happening with these Communist Service archives is very strange and outside of all regulation.” Thus in the case of the first post-communist government, “having the authorization from Home Office minister Krysztof Kozlowski, four people, including two activists of the former political opposition, an historian and a journalist spent six weeks searching through the archives. (…) Officially, these people were “tidying up” the archives at the Home Office, but an official at the Home Office has stated that ‘certain people’ destroyed dossiers. What is more, (among these four people) the historian himself has admitted to having collaborated with the Secret Service in the 70’s, during time spent in Federal Germany when he was studying. On the other hand, we have no idea what the journalist was doing in these archives”.

 In the same interview, Peter Raina explained that the documents from the communist Security Service which he was able to consult, “are credible, but each document requires attentive reading and a capacity for discernment. Because often, in their reports, the officials would add something to show they were doing their job. It could happen that officials would claim to have paid an agent, but it was not true, as the money ended up in their own pockets. It must also be understood that meeting with officials from the Service, does not mean collaborating with them; so before accusing someone, we have to be sure that this person did sign a collaboration document, or did receive money”. Lastly, the Polish historian recalls that if Fr. Isakowicz-Zalewski “has succeeded in obtaining his own dossier from the Institute of National Memory, he is at liberty to release its contents. However, according to the law, the Institute can entrust these dossiers only to historians in the context of their research. As far as Fr. Zalewski is concerned, he is not carrying out any historical research, but rather trying to stir up rumors about his own case.”