Father Maciej Zięba was posthumously awarded by President Andrzej Duda with the Order of Polonia Restituta. A funeral mass was held in the church of Saint Adalbert in Wrocław. The monk’s funeral took place at the Saint Lawrence Cemetery. We broadcast the farewell on tvn24.pl.
Father Maciej Zięba, theologian, philosopher and publicist, Dominican, died on December 31 at the age of 66 in Wrocław. He was struggling with cancer.
At about 12 o’clock, the funeral mass at the church of St. Wojciech at Plac Dominikański. The funeral took place at the St. Wawrzyńca at ul. Bujwida 51.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and former president Bronisław Komorowski took part in the funeral ceremonies.
On behalf of President Andrzej Duda, the head of his law firm, Grażyna Ignaczak-Bandych, appeared at the ceremony. She read the president’s letter. Andrzej Duda wrote that Zięb’s father “throughout his life, first as a lay person and later as a clergyman, was deeply, with all his heart and mind involved in the affairs of our nation and homeland”.
“One of his books, in which he wrote about the most important matters, religion and science, as well as personal experiences in the Dominican Order, was entitled ‘Black and White Notes.’ To paraphrase this title, one can say that his life was written in white and red colors” – he added.
“His wise, courageous and active attitude in the times of the anti-communist opposition and after Poland regained independence was a model of responsibility for the common good,” wrote Andrzej Duda.
Before the funeral, Father Zięb was posthumously awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta by the President of the Republic of Poland “for outstanding services in the anti-communist opposition and commitment to the fight for freedom of speech in the times of the Polish People’s Republic, for cultivating the heritage of John Paul II’s thoughts and popularizing the social teaching of the Church “.
“Father Zięb said that Poland needs internal peace today”
– When Saint John Paul II left for the Father’s House, we said that he left us a huge legacy that we should learn, study and put into practice. Today, when we say goodbye to Father Maciej Zięba, one would like to say that he had the key to understand the legacy that we inherited from Karol Wojtyla, said Archbishop Józef Kupny, Archbishop of Wrocław. He added that “he really wanted young people to know the teaching of our great compatriot”.
– Father Zięb said that Poland needs internal peace today, peace in our families, peace in our society, because we see its deficit – said the archbishop.
“He was a man of dialogue, sometimes difficult, bitter, but always honest”
– Father Maciej Zięba used to say about the pontificate of John Paul II that it could not be categorized in any way, that it could not be pigeonholed, that it was absolutely unique. And I think that the same can be said about his own life and his thoughts, said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.
He added that “he was a man, like John Paul II, looking for and desiring monuments in our souls and hearts”.
– Archbishop beautifully said in his introductory word that we believe that the good that Father Maciej did here on earth will lead him to God’s throne. It probably will, maybe it already is. But I firmly believe that the good that Father Maciej spread here on earth is in our hearts and will bear fruit in the future – said Morawiecki.
As he added, Zięb’s father “broke all patterns, was a man of dialogue, sometimes difficult, bitter, but always honest and beautiful”. The Prime Minister said that “Father Maciej beautifully combined the two dimensions of the spirit and our thoughts – Polish and European”. As he added, the priest said that “they both grow out of one Christian trunk”.
– And he regretted that our European Christian trunk does not grow, does not grow, but withers, and even – he said more strongly – that it is sometimes drained – emphasized Morawiecki.
– And he warned all of us, Poles and Europeans, that European civilization is like a great country. You can still get quite well and well on it, but it is melting. If it is not enriched with the gospel, if it is not enriched with a real thought based on tradition, but also directed towards the future, it will melt, he added.
The head of government recalled that the motto of one of Maciej’s father’s books were the words of Stanisław Wyspiański: “there are so many forces in the nation, there are so many people; let your spirit enter them and stimulate your sleeping spirit”.
Let your spirit really descend. Let your teaching, your good light illuminate our path, may it stimulate our consciences, our hearts to what you have always desired: good, unity, truth and justice – said Morawiecki.
“He cared for his home, the Church, Poland and the world”
– Thank you for the house – with these words Maciek said goodbye to me – said Father Wojciech Zięba, brother of Maciej Zięba.
He said that Zięb’s father “cared for the home, the Church, Poland and the world.” He added that he was worried about the Church “facing scandals and often involved in politics.”
Father Maciej Zięba
Maciej Zięba was born in Wrocław in 1954. He was a theologian, philosopher and journalist. He graduated in physics at the University of Wrocław. In 1981 he entered the Dominican Order, and six years later he was ordained a priest.
He was an anti-communist opposition activist in the 1970s and 1980s – an advisor to the NSZZ “Solidarność” and a journalist of “Tygodnik Solidarność”. He was the founder and director of the Tertio Millennio Institute in Kraków and the director of the European Solidarity Center in Gdańsk. Author of many books, incl. “Papal economy. Church-market-democracy”.
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