A report final week on TVN24, which is owned by the U.S. firm Warner Bros. Discovery, named three monks whom John Paul allegedly moved around during the 1970s after they have been accused of abusing minors. The report cited communist secret safety paperwork but additionally included interviews with abuse survivors.
Talking after a two-day assembly of the whole Episcopate, the leaders burdened that — though unusually fast — the method that led to asserting Polish-born John Paul a saint was finished with utmost care and honesty and mirrored the overall esteem he loved as pope.
John Paul is revered within the predominantly Roman Catholic nation for his function in serving to convey down communism and ending Moscow’s domination in Poland and the area. The TVN report ignited a heated national debate at a time when the Polish Church has been present process a reckoning with its document of clergy sexual abuse.
Archbishop Grzegorz Rys mentioned “each web page” within the Church archives throughout the course of that started shortly after John Paul’s dying in 2005 and led to his sainthood in 2014 has been examined. Karol Wojtyla served as archbishop of Krakow from 1964 to 1978, when he grew to become Pope John Paul II.
Rys burdened that communist-era paperwork alleging abuse must be learn cautiously, with the information of the occasions.
Referring to a decision adopted by Poland’s lawmakers in protection of the late pontiff and statements made by politicians, Rys insisted that John Paul II shouldn’t be utilized in any political disputes or bargaining.
Poland’s bishops appealed in a communique for the reminiscence of “one of many best” Poles to be revered within the face of “unprecedented makes an attempt at discrediting the individual and the legacy of St. John Paul II.”
“The canonization course of leaves little doubt as to John Paul’s II sainthood,” the communique mentioned.
John Paul II isn’t the one pope below scrutiny for coping with predator monks.
His speedy successor, Benedict XVI, who had a a lot stricter stance and defrocked a whole bunch of abusive monks, was faulted for his dealing with of 4 instances whereas he was Munich archbishop in his native Germany by an unbiased report commissioned by the diocese.
Accusations of getting did not react to instances of abuse by monks in his native Argentina and in Chile, whereas bishop after which pontiff, have been additionally addressed to Pope Francis.