Church Facing Test Case

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All Saints in Warsaw

The Roman Catholic Church in Poland is facing a test case which – if lost – could lead to its financial ruin. The case has been brought by Marcin, who at the age of 12 fell victim to sexual abuse at the hands of a priest. In 2012, the priest was convicted of the crime, and now Marcin is suing the Koszalin-Kołobrzeg diocese for damages. The court will have to ascertain whether the then diocese’s officials had been made aware of the priest’s crimes even before the original trial and chose to ignore the signals, as it would appear from the testimony of a local journalist. On Friday, the court listened to the testimonies of Archbishop Marian Gołębiewski and Cardinal Kazimierz Nycz, both of whom admitted only to having heard rumours about the homosexual propensities of the priest but claim they had had no prior knowledge of his paedophilia. This is the first time such high-ranking Church officials have testified before court in Poland. The Church is pulling out all the stops, hiring top-notch defence lawyers and trying to convince the public that the trial is an affront to the Church, in order to minimise the risk of sharing the fate of the American Church, which, upon taking responsibility for its priests’ crimes, has been flooded with civil lawsuits, losing a fortune on settlements.
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