Tadeusz Wojda

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Tadeusz Wojda, May 2019

Tadeusz Wojda (born 29 January 1957) is a Polish prelate of the Catholic Church who has been Archbishop of Białystok since 10 June 2017.

Biography[edit]

Born on 29 January 1957 in Kowala, Kielce County, Wojda entered the Pallottines in 1976 and was ordained a priest on 8 May 1983. He received a Licentiate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in 1986, and a PhD in 1989. From 1991, he served in a variety of roles in Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.[1] He was appointed the Congregation's under-secretary on 24 July 2012.[2]

On 12 April 2017, Pope Francis named him Archbishop of Białystok.[1] and he was installed there on 10 June 2017.[3]

Within the Episcopal Conference of Poland he is a member of the Mission Committee and the Concordat Commission.[4]

On 7 July 2019, ahead of the LGBT march scheduled to take place on 20 July, Wojda issued a non possumus proclamation to be read in all churches in Białystok and the entire Podlaskie Voivodeship. He called pride marches "blasphemy against God". He described the march as organized "by a foreign initiative in Podlaskie land and community, an area which is deeply rooted in Christianity and concerned about the good of its own society, especially children".[5][6][7] Following the march, Wojda condemned the violence that occurred at the march as incompatible with Christianity and urged believers to pray for "the family and its internal purity".[8]

He cooperates with Orthodox bishop James (Kostiuczuk) participating in ecumenic services. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Resignations and Appointments, 12.04.2017" (Press release). Holy See Press Office. 12 April 2017. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Rinunce e Nomine, 24.07.2012" (Press release) (in Italian). Holy See Press Office. 24 July 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  3. ^ "Ksiądz Arcybiskup dr Tadeusz Wojda" [Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda, Ph.D.]. Archdiocese of Białystok (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Arcybiskup Tadeusz Wojda SAC". Episcopal Conference of Poland (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Odezwa Abp. Tadeusza Wojdy ws. marszu LGBT w Białymstoku" [Appeal from Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda on the LGBT march in Bialystok]. Archdiocese of Białystok (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  6. ^ "Anti-Gay Brutality in a Polish Town Blamed on Poisonous Propaganda". New York Times. 27 July 2019. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  7. ^ Rogowska, Gabriela (8 August 2019). "The Rainbow on Fire". Visegrad Insight.
  8. ^ Dehnel, Jacek (28 July 2019). "The struggle for LGBT equality: Pride meets prejudice in Poland". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 August 2019.
  9. ^ Abp Wojda w cerkwi: chrzest zaproszeniem na drogę sprawiedliwości