On May 12, 2021, the Apostolic Nunciature in Poland announced a message stating that the Holy Father Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz, Jan Tyrawa. From that moment, Bishop Wiesław Śmigiel manages the Bydgoszcz diocese as an apostolic administrator of sede vacante .
Below we publish the full text of the announcement of the Apostolic Nunciature with an accompanying explanation.
He accepted the resignation of Bishop Jan Tyrawa from the office of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz.
He appointed the apostolic administrator of the Bydgoszcz diocese sede vacante in the person of Wiesław Śmigiel, the bishop of Toruń.
Following formal reports, the Holy See – acting in accordance with the motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi – conducted proceedings concerning the reported negligence of the Bishop of Bydgoszcz Jan Tyrawa in cases of sexual abuse against minors by some priests working in the Bydgoszcz diocese.
After completing this procedure, taking into account also other difficulties in managing the diocese, the bishop of Bydgoszcz resigned from his ministry, accepted today by the Holy Father.