Pedocriminality: the Vatican sanctions a Polish archbishop

The Vatican has sanctioned an 83-year-old Polish archbishop, now retired, for covering up sexual assault on minors, according to a statement released by the Archdiocese of Wroclaw on Saturday, August 21.

The events took place between 1996 and 2004, when Marian Golebiewski was Bishop of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg, in northern Poland, and then between 2004 and 2013, when he served as Archbishop of Wroclaw, in the west of the country. .

“Following formal notifications, the Holy See has carried out proceedings concerning the reported negligence of Archbishop Marian Golebiewski in cases of sexual abuse of minors by certain priests,” the archdiocese announced in a published statement. Saturday.

By order of the Vatican, the man concerned has been banned from any public celebration and he will have to pay a significant fine which will serve to prevent victims of sexual abuse. A total of eight Polish bishops have been sanctioned since last year for covering up similar practices.

Last month, the state commission in charge of pedophilia in Poland indicated that priests were involved in 345 cases studied between 2017 and 2020, or nearly a third of the acts of pedophilia recorded in the country.

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