Catholic News Service via Catholic San Francisco
May 18, 2020
By Jonathan Luxmoore
The centenary of the birth of St. John Paul II coincided with a new film, “Hide and Seek,” screened on YouTube May 16. It accused the Polish church of continuing to cover up sexual abuse by Catholic clergy.
The same day, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, primate of Poland and the bishops’ delegate for child protection, said he would ask the Vatican to initiate proceedings against Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz for failing to discipline a priest incriminated by the film.
Archbishop Polak said the film showed required child protection standards were still not being observed in the Polish church.
“I thank the victims who talked about the harm they suffered, and I urge everyone with knowledge about the sexual abuse of a minor to remember they are obliged in conscience and by law” to notify authorities, Archbishop Polak said.
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