The Vatican has sanctioned a retired Polish archbishop for covering up child sexual abuse. The case against Marian Golebiewski, 83, is just the latest sexual abuse scandal to hit the Catholic Church in the predominantly Catholic EU member State, AFP reported.
"In the wake of formal notifications, the Holy See carried out proceedings regarding Archbishop Marian Golebiewski's reported negligence in cases of sexual abuse of minors by certain priests," the Archdiocese said in a statement.
The Church, which wields strong political influence in Poland, has been rocked by a series of abuse scandals in recent years. Since last year, the Vatican has sanctioned seven other Polish bishops accused of covering up abuses, as well as a cardinal. In addition, the State Committee on paedophilia announced that nearly a third of the 345 child sexual abuse cases committed between 2017 and 2020 that it examined involved members of the clergy.