|Henryk Jankowski, Solidarity Priest, alleged sexual abuser, statue toppled. Source|
Revolution in Poland as Nation Confronts Priestly Sex Abuse
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — One victim spoke out, and then another, and another. A statue of a pedophile priest was toppled in Gdansk, put back by his supporters, and finally dismantled for good. A feature film about clerical abuse was a box office hit.
Poland thought it had started confronting the problem of clerical abuse and its cover-up by church authorities. Then a bombshell came: A documentary with victim testimony so harrowing it has forced an unprecedented reckoning with pedophile priests in one of Europe’s most deeply Catholic societies.
Poland’s bishops acknowledged this week they face a crisis and made a rare admission that they have failed to protect the young. It’s also a crisis for the country’s conservative government, which is closely aligned with the Catholic Church, putting the ruling Law and Justice party on the defensive before Sunday’s European Parliament vote in Poland.
As the election results show, the strident left-wing campaign to discredit PiS, for its association with the Catholic Church and all the pedophilia-hype thrown at her, have failed dismally. Serves them right.ReplyDelete
The documentary was made available two weeks before European Parliament elections, it didn't help much European Coalition. Some of the criminal priests collaborated with political police SB. The bishops refused to lustrate clergy, they were supported frequently by liberal media. As far the biggest paedophilia case in Poland remains rather a Poznan choir one, with no connection to church. Priest Isakowicz-Zaleski accuses the former nuncio Kowalczyk and Pope's secreatry Dziwisz that they didn't fight paedophilia.ReplyDelete