Rebuild our church!
Appeal to Pope Francis
Rebuild our Church!
We are begging you!
Please, look with care at the Church in Poland where bishops are hiding cases of pedophilia. Loyalty to institution is blind, deaf and more important than the victims. The Episcopate and the Apostolic Nuncio are pretending not to see this.
We have been reporting the behaviour of Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódz, Bishop Jan Tyrawa and many others to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Congregation for Bishops. There was no reaction. Their behaviour harms the Church.
It strikes in its unity creating divisions between those who care for the institution and those who care for victims. Many of the faithful feel that the Vatican is allowing this to happen.
Holy Father, please, let’s compensate for the harm!
We are a group of lay Catholics coming from various Polish dioceses – among others Archdiocese of Gdańsk, Poznań, Warszawa, Wrocław, Kraków, Gniezno, Diocese of Kalisz. We come from different environments and backgrounds, from various parishes and religious communities, but there is one thing that connects us – our faith in Jesus Christ. Many of us work in our parishes, evangelizing and helping people in need.
Some of us decided to take a public stand and sign an appeal to Pope Francis.
This is who we are (among others):
We long for the Church where shepherds and faithful are not wolfs to each other – the Church in which the community is restored basing on Jesus words “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40).
We long for the Church preaching and living the Gospel. We wish to actively build and take responsibility for such Church.
We long for our shepherds – our bishops to turn to the victims and see their suffering and pain, as well as to really compensate the victims for all harms they suffered inside the Church. We believe that only the Truth may restore communion and unity in Polish Church.
We decided on this almost desperate move to appeal to Pope Francis in the Italian newspaper because we love the Church and we can no longer remain silent in face of the evil growing in it. Over the years, many of our archbishops and bishops have been facing allegations which, if even are true in only some part, show the outrageous scale of abuse connected with hiding pedophilia, as well as connected with violence and mobbing against priests and consecrated persons, or with the simony.
Names of Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź, Bishop Jan Tyrawa or Bishop Edward Janiak, but also names of other bishops, are mentioned in connection to some of the above allegations. At the same time most of other archbishops and bishops in Poland decided to remain silent in face of mentioned allegations. Also The Apostolic Nuncio in Poland seems to marginalize information and complaints directed to him in this matter.
Before our appeal to the Pope in media, we have undertaken many actions in order to draw attention to the situation in the Polish Church, as well as to reach the Holy Father. Undertaken actions involved among others:
- sending a letter to Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź signed by 300 persons,
- attempts to contact and meet with Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź,
- two protests in front of Gdańsk Metropolitan Curia, in November and December 2019,
- sending a letter to Pope Francis (initiated by Tri-City Club of “Tygodnik Powszechny”),
- sending several letters to Pope Francis (and letters to the Congregation for Bishops) by private persons – letters have been sent both officially and through people form Pope’s close entourage,
- sending a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in Poland and meeting with the Nuncio in March 2020.
Despite all our actions the Church seems not to see the range of abuse and remains silent. It shows that it is more important for our bishops to protect an institution than to take care of the victims. It also shows that clericalism supersedes care for the community of faithful.
At the same time, those who dare to reveal the truth about the situation in Polish Church are treated as the enemies of the Church and their actions are shown as the attack on the Church.
In such case, as we are helpless in face of indifference and silence of the Church over the violence, we beg Holy Father to examine the situation of the Church in Poland. We do not pass judgments, but we ask for immediate and unequivocal reaction in order to prevent the disintegration of the community of faithful, but also to prevent the destruction of work for evangelism and preaching of the Gospel.