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Outed as a former secret-police collaborator, Polish Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus resigned this week, just two days after being ordained. Wielgus had steadfastly denied spying for the communist-era government. But the Gazeta Polska newspaper discovered documents that Wielgus signed as a student in Germany in the 1970s showing that he agreed to spy on U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe, as well as on fellow students. Another prominent priest, Father Janusz Bielanski of Krakow’s Wawel Cathedral, also resigned over similar past collaboration. As a leading opponent of communism in Poland, the Catholic Church was a coveted target for secret police recruitment.

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