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Polish MPs to adopt 'resolution to protect good name of St. John Paul II': spokesman

08.03.2023 23:30
Poland’s governing conservatives have said the country’s parliament will adopt "a resolution to protect the good name of St. John Paul II," following claims that the late pope knew of cases of child abuse in the Catholic Church when he served as Archbishop of Kraków in the 1970s.
Rafał Bochenek.
Rafał Bochenek.PAP/Piotr Nowak

The plan was announced by Rafał Bochenek, a spokesman for Poland’s ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, on Wednesday, state news agency PAP reported.

Bochenek said in a tweet: “At the initiative of the Law and Justice party, at this session of the lower house of parliament, MPs will adopt a resolution to protect the good name of St John Paul II.”

'I am standing up to defend our pope': Polish PM

Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday posted a video message on social media, saying that, contrary to claims, there was no proof that the Polish pope "ignored evildoing" in the Catholic Church.

Morawiecki added: “I’m standing up to defend our pope because I know that as a nation, we owe a lot to John Paul II. Maybe we owe him everything.”

Morawiecki went on to say that "there are groups intent on fomenting ... a civilisational war" in Poland.

"Such actions exceed the boundaries of civilised debate and civic dispute," he added.

'No or only very dubious evidence'

Morawiecki stated: “The list of John Paul II’s contributions, both for the world and for Poland, is endless. There is abundant evidence that John Paul II sought to combat evildoing, including within the Church. Meanwhile, there is no or only very dubious evidence that he willfully ignored such acts.”

On Monday, private broadcaster TVN24 aired a report detailing accusations levelled against three Polish priests in the 1970s and the response of the then Achbishop of Kraków, Karol Wojtyła, who in 1978 became Pope John Paul II. 

The TVN24 report also included comments from Dutch journalist Ekke Overbeek, the author of a book entitled Maxima Culpa, the PAP news agency reported.


Source: PAP, interia.pl