The resignation of the Archbishop of Warsaw over spying allegations has sent shock waves through Poland, where the Catholic Church is one of the most powerful organisations. Emotions are running high among those who think the resignation is appropriate, and those who believe Stanislaw Wielgus has been the victim of a smear campaign.
Scuffles have been witnessed in the street between the two camps. Mixed opinions are being expressed among the faithful at Warsaw’s cathedral. “He succumbed to the power of evil,” said one man. “This is an organised campaign of propaganda against him.” “The truth has won at last,” said a woman, who went on to defend the journalists who uncovered the story. While the Pope is said to have requested the resignation, a Vatican spokesman has said he believes the Catholic church in Poland has been the victim of a vendetta from its old communist foes.