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Priest Leads Push to Expose Clergy

Isakowicz-Zaleski said the attacks were likely a warning to the main Solidarity-aligned priest at Nowa Huta, an industrial community near Krakow where Isakowicz-Zaleski was helping out.

Two years ago, on a train to the Baltic port city of Gdansk for a gathering of former activists of the Solidarity trade union, a friend told Isakowicz-Zaleski that there were secret police files on him from the 1980s at the Institute National Remembrance.

He went to have a look.

"I was shocked," he said. "There were 500 pages of documents. Everything _ passport applications, informant reports on me, secret police reports."

For years, church leaders had believed the assurances from Gen. Czeslaw Kiszczak, an interior minister in the communist regime, that the secret police had destroyed all the files on the church. It turned out that microfilm copies survived _ eventually helping bring down Wielgus.

Isakowicz-Zaleski says he told his superiors about his own file, warning that it was an indication that documents about informant priests had also survived.

"Nobody wanted to listen," he said.

Instead, church leaders pressured him to keep quiet. For a while last year, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz ordered Isakowicz-Zaleski not to speak with reporters. Cardinal Jozef Glemp publicly criticized him, accusing him of "sniffing around and tracking down priests to add to his book."

"The church leaders have treated it like it was written by the devil himself," Isakowicz-Zaleski said.

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Associated Press Writer Ryan Lucas contributed to this report from Warsaw


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