Poland- New United Nations report cites Polish predator archbishop
For immediate release: Friday, May 23, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314-503-0003, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
A new United Nations committee report harshly criticizes top Catholic officials for endangering kids and specifically cites the case of a Polish archbishop who is accused of molesting children in Poland and the Dominican Republic.
He is Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, who was the papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic until last August, when allegations of sexual violence against him surfaced. To avoid prosecution, he fled to the Vatican where he is fighting extradition. Vatican officials are harboring him in Rome.
The UN's Committee Against Torture said of the Wesolowski case that “competent authorities proceed to a prompt and impartial investigation of Archbishop Wesolowski… ensure such persons are criminally prosecuted or extradited … by the civil authorities.”
This is just one case of many where the Catholic church is refusing to protect children and is protecting predators instead.
We hope Polish bishops and Catholics contact Pope Francis and insist that he send Wesolowski back to face secular justice in Poland.
SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
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