Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Media ban reimposed on Archbishop dismissed by Vatican in mysterious circumstances

A day before the resignation of the Pope, the prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, imposed a media ban on the popular Slovak ex-Archbishop Robert Bezak. Bezak, who was dismissed in June 2012 under still unexplained circumstances from the leadership of the Archdiocese of Trnava, should cease giving any statements to the media, including spiritual speeches, as Slovak media reported on Tuesday. Bezak has to stop hosting his religious TV program which he started doing two weeks ago.

The requirement of Cardinal Ouellets was given to Bezak who is a member of the Redemptorists, at a meeting with the Superior General of his Order, Father Michael Brehl, in Rome. Cardinal Ouellet comes from Canada like the Superior General Brehl .

In a statement for the Slovak news agency TASR, Bezak asked the media to "respect" his situation. He thanked all those who had been offered to him "goodwill, sympathy, help and support", staying united with them in prayer and including them in his "spiritual requests".

By 26 June 2012, the Apostolic Nuncio in the Slovak Republic, Archbishop Mario Giordana, via decision at the same time as dismissing Bezak, imposed a ban on residence in his diocese as well as a strict prohibition of contact with the media. The Archbishop had previously refused to resign on the grounds that the reasons for this request are not known. Then he was informed of his dismissal. That he announced his dismissal in July 2012 during a Mass, he justified with the fact that his words were relevant to the faithful, and not to the media.

After isolated short statements that were partially circulated by people close to him, Bezak broke the silence imposed on him in December 2012 with a massive number of short consecutive major television appearances, which put his case back on the table. On the first Sunday of Lent (February 17) finally, for the private television station TA3 Bezak presented the first series of meditations for the new broadcast format "word in time", with which he wanted to guide viewers towards Easter.


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