Polish diocese apologises to sex abuse victim for his court questions

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A Catholic diocese in Poland apologised on Thursday for having requested a court to resolve whether or not or not or not a person who was sexually abused as a toddler by a priest is homosexual, and whether or not or not or not the sexual contact could have consequently been pleasurable for him.

Following large criticism, the Bielsko-Zywiec diocese acknowledged that its letter to the court shouldn’t have included questions with regard to the victim’s sexuality or have quick that he drew pleasure from contact with the priest. The diocese dispatched the letter in response to a lawsuit by the victim, Janusz Szymik.

‘We apologise to Janusz and to all who’ve been scandalised’ by the questions, the diocese acknowledged in an announcement, vowing to change the letter’s wording.

Bielsko-Zywiec diocese in Poland apologised for asking whether or not or not or not a sex abuse victim was homosexual or preferred the ‘intimate’ moments

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Poland’s Catholic bishops had already strongly criticised the southern Polish diocese.

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Szymik, who’s now 48, was an altar boy when the abuse started all through the Nineteen Eighties. He sued the diocese in a civil court closing yr.

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The priest, who has been acknowledged solely as Rev. Jan W., admitted to the abuse and in 2015 was convicted by the Vatican’s Congregation of the Doctrine of the Religion.

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Szymik is now wanting for 3 million zlotys ($760,000) in compensation from the diocese.

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The Onet data portal earlier this week disclosed the contents of paperwork it obtained which a lawyer for the church had submitted to the court. The paperwork present the church wanting an informed “to examine the plaintiff’s sexual orientation” and to resolve whether or not or not or not he “confirmed satisfaction with sustaining an intimate relationship with Rev. Jan W.” or derived any “materials advantages” from the sexual relationship with the cleric.

Rev. Piotr Studnicki, the director of a specific office for the safety of children contained within the Polish Bishops’ Convention, acknowledged in an announcement issued on Wednesday that “dependable data and human sensitivity” are obligatory to any permitted course of.

“The difficulty of sexual orientation or the best way a toddler reacts emotionally to an offense of sexual abuse can’t represent an argument in opposition to the injured particular person and diminish the accountability of the perpetrator,” Studnicki acknowledged. “It should be clear to everybody {that a} little one by no means bears accountability for violence skilled.”

Szymik expressed shock about how the case has turned, noting that Bishop Roman Pindel of Bielsko-Zywiec had beforehand confirmed compassion within the route of him for the abuse he suffered as a toddler.

“Beforehand, he expressed ache and remorse and requested for forgiveness, and now he desires to show … that I’m a gay particular person, that pedophilia gave me pleasure, that every thing that occurred was voluntary, that I benefited from it,” Szymik acknowledged in an interview on the all-news station TVN24.

The growth comes as Pope Francis has been attempting to clear up a observe of abuse and cover-ups all through the Polish church.

The Catholic Church was extended the right ethical authority in Poland, having carried out an inspirational function all by means of occupation and overseas rule and supporting the anti-communist Solidarity motion all through the Nineteen Eighties.

However the current reckoning of abuse has broken its credibility. Even Poland’s most well-known Catholic, St. John Paul II, now has his legacy tarnished by his personal failure to deal with abuse when he was pope.

One of many nation’s extreme church leaders, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the primate of Poland, acknowledged merely lately that the church is seeing a “devastating” decline in spiritual observe amongst youthful Poles, arguing that the church hierarchy’s failure to cope with clerical abuse is one set off for that.

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