Graubner distanced himself from the event in the Archbishop’s Palace iRADIO

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Prague Archbishop Jan Graubner distanced himself from the event, during which the book Conspiracy about the circumstances of former President Miloš Zeman’s hospitalization in 2021 was presented last week in the Archbishop’s Palace in Hradčany. Graubner did not have the necessary information about the lease, according to a statement of the Czech Bishops’ Conference on its website. The Prague archdiocese also published the statement on its website.



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19:40 April 24, 2024

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Prague Archbishop Jan Graubner claims that he was not informed about the meeting in the Archbishop’s Palace | Photo: Petr Topič/MAFRA | Source: Profimedia

The book Conspiracy by Luboš Procházka and Radim Panenka describes Zeman’s hospitalization in the fall of 2021 and the events at that time, which, according to the authors, were aimed at removing Zeman from the powers of the head of state. The publication was blessed by Cardinal Dominik Duka, who also wrote a speech for the book.


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In addition to Zeman, former castle chancellor Vratislav Mynář, ex-prime minister Jiří Paroubek, former head of the Lány Forestry Administration Miloš Balák and MEP Kateřina Konečná (KSČM) also attended the presentation of the book.

“We consider the meeting in the Archbishop’s Palace in connection with the book ‘Conspiracy’ to be a deplorable event and we are aware of the outrage it caused among people, which is evidenced by a considerable number of reactions, especially from the ranks of Catholics. We understand these reactions, we hear them and we take them seriously,” the bishops said in a joint statement.

At the joint meeting, Graubner distanced himself from the event. He explained to the bishops that the Archbishop’s Palace was rented without having the necessary information for the event. Pilsen Bishop Tomáš Holub on the X network https://twitter.com/TomasHolubPB/status/1783139385409446226that the bishops unanimously accepted the statement distancing themselves from the presentation of the book Conspiracy at the Prague Archbishopric.

The bishops also agreed on arrangements for holding public events in church premises. “When renting these spaces, the ecclesiastical and secular dimensions of such events will be consistently separated, including the appropriateness of the presence of a church representative,” the bishops said.

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