Poland’s Catholic Church apologizes in Dominican pedophile scandal
September 30, 2013
Poland’s Catholic Church apologized to the boy victims of alleged sexual abuse in the Dominican Republic by two Polish priests, including a former Vatican envoy.
The apology came on the day when Polish prosecutors said they opened a probe into the alleged abuses of children by Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, 65, who served as papal envoy in Santo Domingo for around five years, and the priest Wojciech Gil, 36, who allegedly abused several young boys while serving on the Caribbean island.
The secretary of the Episcopate of the Polish Catholic Church Wojciech Polak told a press conference that forgiveness is the least owed the victims and said that the Church works on prevention of such abuse.
‘‘The victims have been profoundly wronged,’’ Polak said. ‘‘It is a very painful situation, and we sympathize with the victims because their trust has been violated.’’
" We are sorry. This is the least we can do," Polak said.
Polak also said that the Church is unaware of the whereabouts of both suspects.