On Tuesday, 4 January, Detective Constable David Bentley 0334, of Hereford CID, West Mercia Police, advised FCOB Secretary Krzysztof Jastrzembski by email, (Crime No: 22AE/9192Q/10), that the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service) have; …decided to summon Fr W. JASINSKI to court for an offence of removal of a body from a grave. Thames Valley Police confirm that the summons reflects the actions of Fr Jasinski in both Hereford and in Oxfordshire and the matters will be dealt within a single trial.
And so, sadly, yet another legal action (court case) hits Fawley Court. (At this rate it might soon be practical to move the whole judicature here and rename it Fawley ‘High’ Court!).
It is understood that the above court summons will also consider as a matter of urgency the role played in this action by the other four priests and trustees; Pawel Naumowicz, Andrzej Gowkielewicz, Pawel Nawalaniec and Tadeusz Byczkowski.
It would appear that as trustees they are jointly and severally responsible in law. Any alleged role played here in these macabre events is a responsibility which the trustees must all share together.
In the alleged Witus offence of removal of a body from a grave, (which essentially came to light thanks to the distressing investigations by his cousin Zbigniew Mantorski), and in the matter of Fr Jarzembowski’s attempted exhumation, or removal of St Anne’s columbarium/crypt urns with human remains, the spotlight falls particularly on the Trust’s Province Superior Father Pawel Naumowicz.
These matters require urgent clarification; was Fr W Jasinski genuinely acting alone here? Did he/does he have accomplices? What pressure, if any, has there been exerted generally by, or on the trustees by unacceptable, misguided, and onerous terms of purchase/sale ?
The above action, summoning, thus far only Wojciech Jasinski MIC, a Catholic priest/trustee, and one-time Fawley Court Father Superior, to trial over the alleged illicit exhumation of Witus Orlowski, and then secret removal of the ten year old’s remains from Lower Bullingham, Hereford, to Fairmile Cemetery, Henley, whilst extraordinary, is timely.
It is almost a year to the day (19 January 2010), since when there had been serious rumblings and concerns about the possible “clandestine” removal of “human remains”, from the crypt at St Anne’s Church, Fawley Court. But nothing had prepared either
FCOB or Nowy Czas for the chilling events which were to unfold:
A dire foretaste of things to come was demonstrated already on 6 December 2009, when priest and trustee Andrzej Gowkielewicz at the ‘final’ Sw. Mikolaja (St Nicholas) celebratory mass, at St Anne’s Church – which he condemned as a “funeral” – threatened his congregation with Police state arrest, and then tried to prevent the lawfully and democratically gathered from singing the symbolic and moving Polish ‘anthem’ and hymn; ”Boze cos Polske”/“Oh Lord preserve Poland”. (Welcome to England the new Polish Post-Communist Catholicism!).
Thereafter, (throughout 2010) many innocent St Anne’s Church, and Our Lady of the Grotto worshippers were brutally chased off Fawley Court by security guards with Alsatian dogs, (assisted by Polish labourers); the blessed Grotto – around which in years earlier had been scattered the ashes of its renovator, architect Zbyszek Sawicki – was smashed to smithereens by the Marians.
The letter of 7 May 2010 from Thames Valley Police in response to this mindless act, reads; The grotto within the grounds of St Anne’s has been demolished by the Marian Fathers, as the church is no longer consecrated… this does not constitute criminal damage as you cannot in law damage your own property.
Really? The English Courts will certainly want to revisit, and examine this interpretation of their law, and this act of wanton religious, criminal vandalism. (Welcome to England the new Polish Post-Communist Catholicism!).
Then, to add insult to injury, the sacred grave of Father Jozef Jarzembowski, one of Polonia’s outstanding post-war spiritual leaders, and candidate for beatification, his permanent place of rest by St Anne’s Church, Fawley Court, revered and unharmed for nearly half a century, is brutally dislodged and wrecked; his tombstone is wrenched away, transported and flung into a corner at Fairmile Cemetery, (in breach of Justice Silber’s High Court injunction of 3 March 2010, staying the exhumation, (Order CO/3422/2010). His grave is left unceremoniously abandoned, a picture of grief. To this day we are not sure if his remains and coffin are intact...? (Welcome to England the new Polish Post-Communist Catholicism).
Suspicions about Fawley Court were first aroused by an item in Planning Officer Sarah Nicholson’s “Delegated Report” (formally released 19 January 2010), to Wycombe District Council (Planning), sanctioning the dreaded “Auschwitz-Belsen prison gates”; later, ‘beautified’ with hideous (electric) perimeter barbed wire. (…Happy memories, to all Polish survivors of Ravensbruck, Majdanek, Mauthausen, Stutthof, Sobibor, Buchenwald, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, and all exiled Polish POWs, combatants, fighter pilots, troops, and marines, all of them predominant donors to Fawley Court’s purchase and upkeep, after having first helped keep Great Britain afloat – fighting under the Polish and British flag in the 2nd World War).
The said item, in a highly controversial report, over an even more highly contentious planning application (No: 09/07022/FUL) is found on page 8, point 48, under “Consultations (sic) and Notification Responses”, and it reads; Other human remains buried in the crypt of St Anne’s Chapel have or are to be removed. (!)
What could this mean? Other human remains… have… are… to be removed…?
Our concerns were relayed to the Ministry of Justice. Their answer of 11 February 2010 was unequivocal; The current law relating to the removal of buried human remains is contained in Section 25 of the Burial Act 1857. This makes it unlawful to remove any body, or the remains of any body, which have been interred in any place of burial, without a licence from the Secretary of State. Anyone with reason to believe that buried remains have been removed without the appropriate authority may report the matter to the police.
To this day, it is wholly unclear what human remains at Fawley Court have or are needlessly (even unlawfully) to be removed. And if so, have/are, the proper authorities being notified and have/are exhumation licences been/being applied for? The intervention to date of Thames Valley Police has certainly not clarified matters. (Moreover, Thames Valley Police should note Wycombe District Council’s observation/ definition that there is a crypt at St Anne’s Church, Fawley Court, hence any interference without authority/licence, with human remains, urns or tombs, is an offence).
The St Anne’s burial ground, Fawley Court, according to Thames Valley Police, should contain the remains of nine deceased; Prince Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, (his son) Prince Antoni Radziwill, Father Jozef Jarzembowski, Jerzy Grabalowski, Piotr Kaminski, Henryk Franciszek Lemanski, Henryk Jan Lipinski, Aniela Wiktoria du Puget Puszet and her husband baron Edward du Puget Puszet.
There is some mystery over the whereabouts of the remains of Aniela and baron Edward du Puget Puszet. Their tombs were allegedly removed a year ago. Yet there is evidence to suggest they are still entombed in the crypt and columbarium at St Anne’s Church.
Meanwhile, insufferable distress is being caused to the families’ who cherish the memory of their dear departed whose urns should remain in perpetuity in the columbarium within St Anne’s Church and crypt – a service, and religious amenity incidentally, for which many Poles paid the Marian trustees a hefty sum of money. And this leads us to another troubling issue.
In his Newsletter of 7 February 2010, the fifth Sunday of the Year, the Parish Priest, Father Anthony Wilcox, of the Parish of the Sacred Heart, 31 Vicarage Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 1HT, (just around the corner from Fawley Court), proudly informs his Henley parishioners that; As you know the Marian Fathers are leaving Fawley Court. They have a columbarium in their Church. They will transfer theirs (about 8) and have given us their “niches”, a great bonus. Do feel free to ask me questions – Father Anthony, Parish Priest.
And this is where things (together with past events at Lower Bullingham) begin to get interesting but ghoulish. Did not the Marians in the summer of 2002 (Zwiastun Newsletter, Summer 2, No: 20) under the stewardship of their then Fawley Court Superior, Fr Tadeusz Wyszomierski start advertising and selling the idea of building a columbarium with niches (for urns) to the Poles? The Poles certainly parted with a lot of hard earned cash to make sure the columbarium with niches in the crypt at St Anne’s was built. Others also (for a hefty fee) bought niches in perpetuity, forever to house those urns containing the remains of their nearest and dearest… which have, or are now mysteriously disappearing… Clearly there is some explaining to be done.
As Fr Anthony Wilcox points out; Do feel free to ask me questions. He can be reached on; tel: 01491 573 258, or email: sacredheart @sacredhearthenley.co.uk
To their credit West Mercia Police acting in the matter of the interference with Witus Orlowski’s grave and secret removal of his remains from Lower Bullingham, Hereford, to Henley, have responded with commendable speed and dignity. They may however have one other, if not more ‘reburials’ to investigate; for example Tadeusz Bonawentura Januszajtis died on 8 April 1987 and was buried at Hereford in the same year, only to be removed to Henley. Were the correct reburial procedures observed? How many other such cases are there?
It therefore beggars belief that on this, such an emotive and sensitive planning issue (near two hundred written objections!), that Wycombe District Council’s planning specialists did not first properly assess and ascertain the correct status quo of Fawley Court’s burial ground and the Grade 2 listed St Anne’s Church with crypt, and columbarium. St Anne’s Catholic Church, created by architect Wladyslaw T. Jarosz, with its Tatra-mountain design, and dominant copper roof, shaped like two hands-in-prayer, pointed skywards to God, is one of the most unique churches in the world!
First and foremost, it was built in memory of Prince Stanislaw Radziwill’s late Mother, Princess Anna Radziwill-Lubomirska, who died on 16 February 1947 aged 66, in enemy territory at Krasnogorsk, Soviet Russia. Her grave vanished without trace, and this sacred memorial, St Anne’s Church, is her final resting place.
St Anne’s design, and construction was solely funded by her son, Prince Stanislaw Radziwill. Built by Polish hands, it is unique in that it is Polonia’s only original and newly built church. It is not an acquired, ready-made Polish Catholic church edifice. It is unique because beneath its foundations, St Anne’s guards earth especially brought over from Fawley Court to be blessed in 1971 by His then Eminence Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in Krakow, Poland. The future Pope John Paul II then through his emissary returned the blessed casket with earth. It was placed under the site which is today’s St Anne’s Church, the Shrine of Divine Mercy. On the day of Divine Mercy Feast, Sunday 1th of May this year, Pope Benedict XVI will beatify Pope John Paul II.
His Eminence Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, an illuminary, and one of Poland’s most intelligent Catholic spiritual leaders, due to Communist oppression was not free to travel, as was not Cardinal Wojtyla. They were joined in common cause; Poland’s independence and freedom from the shackles of communism. They were both fierce defenders of Fawley Court and Divine Mercy College. Fawley Court and St Anne’s Church is symbolic of that struggle for freedom and the ensuing victory.
St. Anne’s is also a unique mausoleum containing the entombed remains of its founder Prince Stanislaw Radziwill. This point is noted by Ian Dunlop, Minister of the Department of Culture, on the advice of English Heritage, when on 28 September 2009 he grants The Shrine of Divine Mercy, St Anne’s grade II listing, saying; It is of special historic and architectural interest, for its striking asymmetrical design with bold angular roof… a modern church of some quality, with thoughtful use of materials, and for its significance to the Polish Roman Catholic community, and associations with the Polish Royal family, as the resting place of Prince Radziwill, built as a memorial to his mother Princess Lubomirska. (Thank God for English Heritage!).
Alarmingly, today, St Anne’s Church, The Shrine of Divine Mercy, has been robbed by the Marians of; its famous painting “The Divine Mercy”, its religious relics, and other inestimably valuable personal and cultural artefacts. These include 30 fixed to the church wall, votive plaques starkly commemorating miracles, and parishioners’ answered prayers over healing incurable, near-death illneses.
Returning to Lower Bullingham – Polonia’s post-war refugee (Foxley camps), educational, religious centre, established with Fr Jozef Jarzembowski, in the late 1940s, and precursor to Fawley Court – it numbered many graves at Hereford cemetery. Much later, in 1996 as with Fawley Court, the Marian Trustees with negligible consultation with its Polish parish, congregation, donors or beneficiaries, decided to stealthily diminish their presence at the much loved Lower Bullingham.
By the late 1990s the mercenary exodus from the retreat at Lower Bullingham was completed. The elderly were “re-housed’, priests and brothers moved on. The living could walk, whilst those now in their graves were exhumed, and mostly, it would appear, reburied at the Fairmile Cemetery, Henley. Were the authorities notified? Were the requisite exhumation licences granted ?
Today, Lower Bullingham, with Lourdes-style grotto – still intact, (next to which was Witus’s grave), with St Raphael’s Church, a marvellous red-brick Victorian building with stained glass windows is boarded up; empty, and neglected. It has been marketed, and for ‘sale’ on-and-off, over the last thirty years (!).
The Estate Agents Cross & James are still vainly trying to achieve £1.5m for it; possibly unaware of all the legal pitfalls and controversy surrounding this property as with many, if not all properties associated with the Marians. Lower Bullingham was clearly a charitable bequest to Polonia and Poles-in-exile by Count Lubienski, and carries a number of restrictive covenants, and in all probability – as with Fawley Court – a defective title.
For his part Fr W Jasinski having confessed to The Catholic Herald (April 2010) that he “personally” exhumed and removed Witus Orlowski’s remains from Lower Bullinham, adds that he did so; fearing that the bulldozers would destroy his grave. What bulldozers?
Fr Jasinski goes on to say that there were no formal papers legitimizing Witus’s grave, (later disproved), which is why (despite being already fully aware that the attempted exhumation of Father Jarzembowski’s grave required a Ministry of Justice exhumation licence), he bizarrely did not apply for the same in Witus’s case.
But that’s not the end of it. At the same time, as mentioned earlier some bright spark among the Marian Trust and priests hit on the idea of constructing a ‘commercial’ columbarium with a view to attracting urns, all to be housed in the crypt at St Anne’s Church, but not with the intention of company for the remains and tomb of its founder Prince Stanislaw Radziwill. Oh no. The motive is to make money. (Zwiastun…etc)
At the same as this ‘enterprise’ is being plotted, plans are already being hatched to sell Fawley Court itself. You could not make it up.
Money, as always, seems to be the catalyst for the Marians movements, and mercenary actions with graves, their biggest stumbling block. Wherever you look, its graves, graves and more graves, be it Lower Bullingham, Hereford cemetery, Fawley Court burial ground, St Anne’s crypt and columbarium or Fairmile cemetery, Henley.
‘Piloti’ of Private Eye (2 April 2010, No: 1259), writing about the five graveyards in Edinburgh; St Cuthbert’s, Greyfriars, Cannongate Kirks, and the Old and New Calton burial grounds, together with the David Hume Mausoleum and then St Anne’s Fawley Court observes in his preface; A Society can be judged by the way it treats its dead; so it does not speak well of Britain that so many of its cemeteries are neglected and vandalized …
Well, it seems that now the new (Marian) Polish Post-Communist Catholicism is doing
its best to uphold this tragic observation about neglecting and vandalizing graves in Britain. Hopefully we will see British justice done on all fronts, and our graves, cemeteries and churches will get through the legal system, the justice and proper treatment they deserve.
PS. An outraged conscience… But then something unexpected and unparalled happened: their Aryan wives followed them to the place of temporary detention and there they stood for several hours screaming and howling for their men. With the secrecy of the whole machinery of destruction threatened, the Gestapo yielded and the non-Aryan husbands were released. Here was an example of what an outraged conscience could achieve, even against Hitler’s terror apparatus.
The German (Catholic) episcopate, after the downfall of the Nazi regime, has taken the credit for preventing the compulsory divorce of mixed marriages. There is strong reason to assume that the lion’s share of the credit belongs to the courageus women of Berlin who in the last days of February 1943, dared to defy the seemingly all-powerful Gestapo and caused the Nazis to fear similar outbursts in the future…
(“The Catholic Church and Nazi Germany”, Guenter Lewy, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1964).
To date, not one priest from the Polish Catholic Community, be it Polonia or Poland, has stood up to speak out against the scandal and travesty overwhelming Fawley Court. Where is the Polska Misja Katolicka, the UK’s oldest Polish Catholic established representatives…?!
It is of course no use relying on the assorted vulture-trusts, their beaks and talons dripping with the raw, red blood of betrayal. But the rest of us…, where is our outraged conscience?
CHARITY COMMISSION INVITES FCOB FOR TALKS
The Charity Commission has had a bad press at the beginning of 2011. On 26 December 2010 The Sunday Telegraph’s Andrew Gilligan accused the Commission of whitewashing Muslim Aid, a charity which has admitted links to terrorist organisations. A spate of letters to the Editor followed, and a piece published on 2 January 2011 by Minette Marrin in the Sunday Times (“Smash the Charity Commission and real giving will bloom again”) called for the abolition of this quango, focussing on the issues of charities becoming extensions of local government as in the voluntary sector service providers. Ms Marrin says: When quangocrats can and do attempt to control charities, or change their purpose, they are not just abusing their powers. They actively discourage charity and contribute to a culture of anxiety and bullying.
The FCOB called on the Charity Commission a year ago to stop the sale of Fawley Court and institute a Section 8 Inquiry. Sadly, as Private Eye puts it, they nodded the sale through. Since then the FCOB has and is campaigning for reversal and restitution of the sale and called for the resignation of its chief executive. We have also supported Catholic Care in their struggle with the Commission.
Following an invitation for talks we have decided to attend the meeting, with an agenda to be finalised. We wish to do so with an open mind. However, we will settle for nothing less than our demands: reversal of the so-called sale, and the return of assets to the Polish Community in the UK.