The nunciature added: “The diocesan stage of the investigation was completed.”
In 2019, the Polish bishops’ conference issued a report which concluded that 382 clergy sexually abused a total of 624 victims between 1990 and 2018.
In June this year, more than 600 Polish Catholics took out a full-page advertisement in the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica urging the pope to intervene in the growing abuse crisis in the country.
The newspaper advertisement encouraged readers to visit the lay group’s website, www.dosckrzywdy.pl, which can be translated as “Enough injustices.”
The website highlighted accusations against Głódź, as well several other bishops. It claimed that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Bishops had received complaints about the archbishop, but taken no action.
Głódź was also portrayed as indifferent to clerical abuse in the documentary “Tell No One,” which has been viewed almost 24 million times on YouTube since its release last year.
In the film “Hide and Seek,” a follow-up to “Tell No One,” directors Marek and Tomasz Sekielski highlighted accusations against Bishop Edward Janiak of Kalisz.
On May 16, the day “Hide and Seek” was released, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the Primate of Poland, reported the case to the Vatican.
On June 2, the Archdiocese of Poznań announced that the Vatican Congregation for the Bishops had authorized Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, Janiak’s metropolitan archbishop, to conduct a preliminary investigation of the accusations under Vos estis.
Pope Francis accepted Janiak’s resignation last month.
On Oct. 9, the archdiocese of Kraków announced a Vos estis investigation into another Polish bishop. The archdiocese said that the pope had authorized Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski of Kraków to conduct an inquiry into negligence claims against Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy, concerning abuse cases involving two priests in Bielsko-Żywiec diocese.
Rakoczy, 82, served as bishop of Bielsko–Żywiec from 1992 until his retirement in 2013.
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