Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Roman Catholic Primate of Poland, arrived in Rome today (12 October) for talks with Pope paul.
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Roman Catholic Primate of Poland, arrived in Rome today (12 October) for talks with Pope paul. These are expected to cover the future status of former German dioceses which are now part of Poland.
The Cardinal, who arrived from Warsaw, was accompanied by Archbishop Boleslaw Kominek, Apostolic Administrator of Wroclaw (formerly Breslau) and head of the Polish commission for dioceses in the territories which Poland took from Germany at the end of the Second World War.
It is believed that during his talks with Pope paul the Cardinal will make a renewed appeal for the Pope to set up permanent Polish dioceses in the former German territories. This would amount to Vatican recognition of Poland's post-war frontier along the Oder and Neisse Rivers which gave Poland large areas of former German territory.
At present the Vatican maintains provisional Polish ecclesiastical administration of the Western dioceses but formally they remain under the jurisdiction of German bishops.
The view of the Holy See, in the past, has ben that final settlement of the status of the areas must await an international agreement on the frontier between the States concerned. But the Poles point out that East Germany has already formally accepted the frontier and that negotiations are in progress between Warsaw and Bonn which could lead to its acceptance by West Germany.
Last week Poland and West Germany held their sixth round of talks aimed at signing a treaty mending the war-scarred relations between the two nations.