Polish Catholic archbishop sanctioned by Vatican defends election as mayor

A Polish Catholic archbishop sanctioned by the Vatican has defended his election as a village mayor. Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź told Radio Zet on June 29 that his role as mayor of Piaski, in northeastern Poland, did not conflict with canon law. Canon 285 of the Code of Canon Law says that “clerics are forbidden to assume public offices which entail a participation in the exercise of civil power.” But Głódź, who holds a doctorate in Eastern Catholic canon law, insisted that the canon did not apply to his new role.

Polish Catholic archbishop sanctioned by Vatican defends election as mayor

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