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Polish report charges John Paul II concealed abuse evidence

March 07, 2023

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CWN Editor's Note: A Polish television station has reported that while he was Archbishop of Krakow, the future Pope John Paul II was aware of abuse complaints against three priests.

Then-Archbishop Karol Wojtyla did not refer the complaints to officials of the the country’s Communist government, which was anxious to discredit the Church. He did send one of the priests to live in a monastery.

Two of the priests mentioned in the TV report were later convicted of sexual abuse.

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  • Posted by: feedback - Mar. 09, 2023 6:55 AM ET USA

    "Archbishop (...) did not refer the complaints to officials." The "officials" at that time were communist goons installed by the occupying Soviet regime. Their priority was to destroy the Catholic Church. They were the same "authorities" who imprisoned Cardinal Wyszynski for his steadfast and heroic opposition to their attempts to subjugate the Church under their power.