Polish bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up removed by Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Saturday completely got rid of a Polish bishop who was once kicked out of his diocese a couple of months in the past pending a Vatican investigation into allegations he coated up circumstances of sexual abuse by way of his monks.

The resignation of Edward Janiak as bishop of Kalisz suggests the Vatican was once in a position to confirm a minimum of some components of the accusations made in a documentary about intercourse abuse in Poland that has undermined the rustic’s influential Catholic hierarchy.

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Francis on Saturday authorized Janiak’s resignation and showed the archbishop of Lodz, Grzegorz Rys, because the diocese’s transient administrator. At 68, Janiak is easily underneath the traditional retirement age of 75 for bishops.

Francis in June had ordered Janiak to depart Kalisz and forbade him from having any affect on how the diocese is administered pending the investigation.

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In Would possibly, the net documentary “Taking part in Cover and Search” uncovered two circumstances of pedophile monks that Janiak treated, first as an auxiliary bishop of Wroclaw after which as bishop of Kalisz, which he had headed since 2012.

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It featured courtroom testimony about Janiak’s position in serving to switch one priest, due to this fact convicted and defrocked, from Wroclaw to some other diocese even after a felony investigation had begun. The movie additionally documented an alleged coverup in relation to some other priest all the way through Janiak’s time as Kalisz bishop.

The movie was once the second one on Polish clergy abuse to be made by way of brothers Tomasz and Marek Sekielski. Their first movie closing 12 months, “Inform No One,” prompted a countrywide reckoning in a rustic the place there is not any upper ethical authority than the Catholic Church and its clergy.

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