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Pope John Paul II covered up child abuse as bishop – Dutch author – RT World News

‘Explosive’ claims based on Polish archival documents ‘cast doubt’ on late pontiff’s holiness

A Dutch journalist based in Poland has claimed to have found archival documents that incriminate Pope John Paul II for protecting priests allegedly involved in child sexual abuse during his tenure as archbishop.

The late Pope, born Karol Jozef Wojtyla, ruled the Archdiocese of Krakow between 1964 and 1978. During this time he knew several priests in his diocese, who were accused of molesting minors and helped cover up their alleged crimes , according to Ekke Overbeek.

An upcoming book written by Overbeek is expected to detail the evidence and findings of his three-year investigation. Last week, the author gave an overview of his findings to the Dutch television show Nieuwsuur.

According to the journalist, many documents directly detailing the Archbishop’s and later Cardinal Wojtyla’s service in Krakow were destroyed, but he managed to find enough papers mentioning him indirectly to build a case against him.

One of the accused sex offenders, he said, was a priest named Eugeniusz Surgent. According to information gleaned from a roommate, Surgent had apologized to Wojtyla, swearing that “it wouldn’t happen again” He broke that promise, Overbeek said.

In November, the Polish daily Rzeczpospolita published an investigation into Surgent, who was sentenced to three years in prison for abusing six boys in the 1970s. The priest, who died in 2008, allegedly assaulted other victims in the 1980s and his conviction for sexual abuse never prevented him from holding his priesthood.

Tom Doyle, an ordained Catholic priest who has dedicated his life to exposing the abuse of minors by clergy, called the evidence collected by Overbeek “explosive.”

“It’s complete and it’s true. This reverses the old image of the Pope. he told Dutch media. “He wasn’t part of the solution, he was part of the problem. He did not do anything.

Pope John Paul II died in 2005. Pope Francis canonized his predecessor in 2014 in a move some people, including Overbeek, consider too hasty.

Supporters of the late pope claimed he was unaware of child abuse under his care until the mid-1980s, and even then they believed the problem was specific to American clergy, the report said. journalist. New discoveries “cast doubt on his holiness”.

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