Archbishop Of Poland’s Catholic Church Blames Divorced Parents For Some Cases of Sex Abuse

Archbishop Jozef Michalik, the senior cleric in Poland’s Catholic Church says divorced parents of children are also to blame for some cases of sexual abuse, including those in which Catholic priests are involved.

Michalik, head of Poland's Episcopate, says that sex abuse is the result of a child is "looking for love," and appeared to suggest that divorce could be just as harmful to children as pedophilia.

"Many of these cases of (sexual) molestation could be avoided given a healthy relationship between parents," Michalik told the Polish Press Agency Tuesday in Warsaw.

"We often hear that this inappropriate attitude [i.e. paedophilia], or abuse, manifests itself when a child is looking for love.

"It clings, it searches. It gets lost itself and then draws another person into this."

The cleric made his position known that he opposes divorce, believing it as harmful to children. Michalik also condemns priests that are pedophiles, saying that ‘neither the Church nor anyone else can accept.”

"How many wounds are their in children's hearts, in children's lives, when their parents go their separate ways," he said.

"Today nobody talks about divorce doing great harm to a child. It's obvious that sex abuse does great harm, one can't forget about it, but it's not the only thing."

The Catholic bishops offered their apologies to victims of pedophilia and will make progress to put an end to these types of situations happening again.

The bishops were reacting to accusations of sexual abuse that were unveiled recently against two Poles who served in the Dominican Republic. One of them was a representative from the Vatican.

Archbishop Wojciech Polak told reporters Wednesday that they "apologize for the priests who have harmed children.” The church has "no tolerance for pedophilia,” he said.

According to signed documents, bishops will offer psychological assistance to the victims as well as higher quality of screening and training of prospective priests.


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