Benedict XVI sent a telegram of condolence to Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, metropolitan archbishop of Warsaw, Poland, for the death of Cardinal Józef Glemp, archbishop of that archdiocese from 1981 to 2006. Cardinal Glemp died Wednesday at the age of 83.
“‘Caritati in iustitia’—for charity in justice—this episcopal motto accompanied him throughout his entire life and guided his way of thinking, of judging , of making decisions, and in offering guidelines of pastoral outreach,” the Pope said of the cardinal.
“He was a ‘just’ man, in the spirit of St. Joseph, his patron, and those who, in biblical tradition, knew how to listen to the voice of God’s call, addressed not just to them personally, but also to the communities to which they were sent. Such justice, full of humble obedience to God’s will, was the basis of his deep love for God and man, which was his light, inspiration, and strength in the difficult ministry of leading the Church at a time when significant social and political transformations were affecting Poland and Europe,” he continued.
Józef Glemp was born in 1929 in Inowroclaw, Poland. He was ordained a priest at age 26, in 1956. In 1979 he was ordained bishop, serving the faithful of Warmia, Poland.
Benedict XVI recalled the cardinal’s “love of God and of Church and his concern for the life and dignity of every person,” saying this “made him an apostle of unity against division, of harmony in the face of confrontation, of the building of a happy future based on the past joyous and sorrowful experiences of the Church and the nation.”
“Continuing the work of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, in constant communion with and spiritually connected to Pope John Paul II, he resolved many issues and problems in the political, social, and religious life of the Polish people with great prudence. Trusting in Divine Providence, he looked hopefully toward the new millennium into which he led the community of believers in Poland,” he added.
“The last stage of his life was tried by suffering, which he endured with a serenity of spirit. Even in this test he remained a witness to trusting in the goodness and love of omnipotent God,” the Holy Father concluded. “Personally, I always appreciated his sincere goodness, his simplicity, his openness, and his cordial dedication to the cause of the Church in Poland and in the world. Thus will he remain in my memory and my prayers. May the Lord welcome him in His glory.”