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Polish bishops to conclude collaboration probe by November September 20, 2007

A spokesman for the Polish bishops' conference, Father Jozef Kloch, has announced that a Church commission on clergy collaboration with the former Communist secret police will complete its work in November.

The Church investigative commission will not produce a list of bishops who collaborated with the Communist regime, because the documentation available for study proved to be incomplete.

In June, the head of the investigating panel, Bishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz, revealed that at least one bishop had been registered as a secret-police agent, and "about a dozen" others were listed as informers. However, Bishop Glodz said that the "incomplete and chaotic" condition of archives from the Communist regime made it impossible to render a clear final judgment.

The question of collaboration has troubled the Polish hierarchy since charges against Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus led to his resignation just prior to his scheduled installation as Archbishop of Warsaw in January 2007.

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