Priests in the Polish diocese of Kalisz have refused to sign letters of loyalty to their bishop, who has been accused in a documentary of covering up child sex abuse.
The documentary “Hide and Seek” by Marek and Tomasz Sekielski, was aired on YouTube on 16 May 2020, and has been watched by 7.2 million people.
For the first time, the Supreme Court in Poland has ruled that the Catholic Church can be held to be liable for abuse perpetrated by one of its priests.
The decision follows on from an appeal made by a Catholic religious Order, the Society of Christ. In the court of first instance, a claimant identified only as ‘Kasia’ had been awarded damages totaling €220,000 (£192,400). Even though the religious Order had paid the damages to the woman, it still launched a final appeal against the lower court’s decision. Despite the COVID-19 crisis, the president of the Supreme Court, ordered that the case be heard as a matter of urgency, due to the impact delays were having on the claimant’s health and wellbeing.