Catholic Church ‘will not pay’ child sex victims


Catholic Church ‘will not pay’ child sex victims

Poland’s Catholic Church has said it will not pay compensation to victims of priests who sexually abused children.

From the link: http://www.irishexaminer.com/world/catholic-church-will-not-pay-child-sex-victims-245295.html

Rev Jozef Kloch said in comments aired by Polish Radio 1 that responsibility for compensation lies with the perpetrator.

Kloch was reacting to a €47,500 claim made by a 25-year-old victim against his parish and local church authorities after they failed to reach a settlement. The claim could now be taken to court, in what would be Poland’s first such case.

“The Church will not pay compensation to victims of paedophile priests,” Koch said. “The wrongdoer should do it.”

Earlier, Bishop Wojciech Polak, secretary of the Episcopate, apologised to the victims and also offered psychological and therapeutic support.

Some 27 priests have been convicted in Poland of abusing children. Polish prosecutors are also co-operating with the authorities in the Dominican Republic who are investigating allegations that two Polish priests there, including a Vatican envoy, abused boys.

The church’s refusal to pay the compensation has opened the door to legal action by the male plaintiff, identified only as Marcin K, who was molested as a child.

A Catholic priest was last year sentenced to two years behind bars in the case, but his diocese refused to be held financially liable.

“The parties did not arrive at an agreement. The door is now open for a civil lawsuit,” said Slawomir Przykucki, a court spokes- man in Koszalin, northern Poland, after the mediation hearing at the court failed.

“The Church does not feel it bears responsibility in this case. Priests operate independently in their parishes. The parish, diocese and the Church as a whole are not legally liable,” Krzysztof Wyrwa, a lawyer representing Church authorities in Koszalin told Poland’s public TVP Info news channel.

But human rights lawyers have disagreed with the reasoning.

“It’s not possible for the Church hierarchy, whose parishes and diocese are legal entities, to escape responsibility for the behaviour of a person who is part of this hierarchy,” said Artur Pietryka, a lawyer with the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

In an unprecedented move, Polish Church leaders apologised last week over alleged paedophile priests, as prosecutors on both sides of the Atlantic began inquiries into two high-profile suspects.

Authorities are looking for Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, 65, a Pole who served as a papal envoy in the Dominican Republic’s Santo Domingo for around five years during which he is alleged to have had sex with teenage boys.

Authorities on the Caribbean island nation are also seeking Wojciech Gil, a 36-year-old priest suspected of raping several young boys while serving there.

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The Catechism offers a clear moral teaching: "Rape is the forcible violation of the sexual intimacy of another person. It does injury to justice and charity. Rape deeply wounds the respect, freedom, and physical and moral integrity to which every person has a right. It causes grave damage that can mark the victim for life. It is always an intrinsically evil act. Graver still is the rape of children committed by parents (incest) or those responsible for the education of the children entrusted to them." (no. 2356) Note that rape is "an intrinsically evil act," meaning that it is evil at its very root, nothing justifies it, and it is objectively a mortal sin. An evil act was done against me, a crime, by a priest at St Thomas More Parish in Durham, NH. An evil and a crime I will no longer keep silent about. Those who perpetrate crimes against children, especially those of the Roman Catholic Church, should all be punished for their crimes against children. Anything less would be criminal.

Posted on October 14, 2013, in Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, Bill Donohue, Bishop Wojciech Polak, Catholic League, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, Child Sex Abuse, Clergy Abuse, Clergy Sex Abuse, Father Wojciech Gil, Opus Dei, Papal Nuncio, Pedophile, Pedophile Priests, Perverted Priests, Poland’s Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis, Pope John Paul II, Pope Paul VI, Priest Child Sex Abuse, Religion, Rev Jozef Kloch, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse, Roman Curia, St Thomas Moore Parish Durham NH, St Thomas More, St Thomas More Durham NH, St Thomas More Parish, Uncategorized, Vatican, William A Donohue and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Arthur Baselice

    No problem the people who attend church should embrace the same position, NO MORE DONATIONS ! Or does salvation cost $$$$$$ ?

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