Pope Francis accepts the resignation of Polish Bishop Jan Tyrawa; SNAP reacts

At the end of a Vatican-led investigation into alleged negligence in handling cases of child sexual abuse, Bishop Jan Tyrawa of Poland submitted his resignation to the Pope. Today, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the 72-year-old prelate.

We applaud the Catholic Church for looking into the accusations against Bishop Tyrawa, which ultimately led to his resignation. However, we remain concerned about the lack of transparency on the findings of this investigation. In our view, the results of the inquiry are even more crucial than the fact that a probe was launched. Accountability, responsibility, and openness merge to expose the truth. Only by knowing what went wrong in the past can we protect today's children.

Poland, like other countries around the world, has been plagued by the scandal of child sex abuse within the Church. We commend the brave survivors who came forward to authorities to shed light on this darkness. In addition, we again call for the mandatory inclusion of lay-people in all such probes. Finally, we believe that unless the results of this and every other Vos Estis investigation are made public, solutions to the Catholic crisis will remain elusive.

CONTACT:  Mike McDonnell, SNAP Communications Manager (267-261-0578, [email protected]), Zach Hiner, SNAP Executive Director (517-974-9009, [email protected])


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  • Marti WilliamsW
    commented 2021-05-20 00:52:27 -0500
    Too little too late. Transparency doesn’t exist in the Church’s vocabulary. Thanks to SNAP for hard, continuous, determined work.
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    followed this page 2021-05-20 00:46:58 -0500
  • Michael McDonnell
    published this page in Media Statements 2021-05-13 09:16:23 -0500

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