Poland Cracks Down On Child Sex Abuse As Priest Film Goes Viral

 

Poland’s right-wing government on Tuesday unveiled plans to crack down on paedophiles by raising prison sentences to a maximum 30 years as a ground-breaking documentary on paedophilia among Polish priests went viral in the Catholic country.

The proposed changes by the Law and Justice (PiS) government, which is closely allied with Poland’s powerful Roman Catholic church, come just two weeks ahead of a tight race in elections to the European Parliament.

“Paedophilia has been treated too lightly by our judicial system,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after presenting the new proposals.

Commanding a majority in parliament, the PiS wants to raise maximum jail sentences for child sex abuse from 12 to 30 years and increase the age of consent from 15 to 16.

PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, regarded as Poland’s de facto powerbroker, first suggested longer prison terms for paedophiles on Sunday as the documentary attracted attention.

“Tell No One”, by independent Polish journalist Tomasz Sekielski has sent shock waves through the devout country and been viewed 12.5 million times since it was posted Saturday on YouTube.

The two-hour film includes compelling hidden camera footage of victims who are now adults confronting elderly priests about the abuse they suffered decades ago.

Several of the priests admit to the abuse and apologise for it, sometimes hinting at monetary compensation.

The film also details how priests who were accused or even convicted of child sex abuse were transferred to other parishes and able to continue their duties and work with children.

Top Polish clerics rejected Sekielski’s requests to be interviewed for the documentary.

Polish Primate Wojciech Polak apologised on Saturday “for every wound inflicted by the Church’s people” and vowed to do everything he could to help victims.

The church admitted in March that nearly 400 clergy had sexually abused children and minors over the last three decades, reflecting findings published a month earlier by a charity.

The documentary concludes that Polish-born pope and Saint John Paul II turned a blind eye to sex abuse when the Warsaw’s communist regime was working to undermine the church, then Poland’s only independent institution.

Pope Francis last week passed a landmark new measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse to report it to superiors, which could bring many new cases to light.

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Updated: May 15, 2019 — 7:00 am

91 Comments

  1. PiS wants to raise maximum jail sentences for child sex abuse from 12 to 30 years and increase the age of consent from 15 to 16.

  2. client attended Government College, Kaduna. And of course, he wrote his WAEC in 1976. The records are there, they are clear,” he stated. Nigeria and politics

  3. PiS wants to raise maximum jail sentences for child sex abuse from 12 to 30 years and increase the age of consent from 15 to 17
    client attended Government College, Kaduna. And of course, he wrote his WAEC in 1976. The records are there, they are clear,” he stated. Nigeria and politics

  4. End time is indeed near. No length of jail time can undo the damages of raping a child. This is insanity!Why should they even be allowed to still serve as priests?.

  5. Paedophilia has been treated too lightly by our judicial system,” Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said after presenting the new proposals.

  6. What kind of world is this.how can some who dedicated himself willinly to serve God allmighty do such not to talk of doing tthat with a child. Child abuse that he him self preeach aganist.God have mercy.

  7. What people can do this days is surprising and adults leaving there kids with minderd is just,don’t know what to say the so called religious leaders are not helping matters they a all neck dip in the rot.

  8. This is serious o.
    I know this issue came up years before now, and it seems to have been swept under the carpet for it to be raised again.
    I think these said priest should husy resign rather than heaping a coal of punishment on themselves.
    Why burn when you can satisfy yourself legally?

  9. Oh God help this generation, and save young ones from sorts of immorality -especially that of sex abuse.

  10. The film also details how priests who were accused or even convicted of child sex abuse were transferred to other

  11. The issue of child abuse shouldn’t be taken lightly. Proper investigation should be carried out and if actually the accused is guilty, he r she should served the proper punishment. They should be properly punished because this can have serious damaging psychological effect n children.

  12. I am still wondering why these Catholic priests continue to play this celibacy game. The Bible is clear enough that if you can’t keep yourself then get married. I think they like doing it with young children

  13. Why people are deciving themselves, sexual urge is something u can not stop if re not spiritually story enough to subdued it,why can’t these prists be allowed to get married so that this child abuse will stop.

  14. Paedophilia is a mental sickness and shouldn’t be treated with levity.
    Never knew that priests who were accused or even convicted of child sex abuse were transferred to other parishes and able to continue their duties and work with children.

  15. Ahh a prist for that matter being involved in child abuse may God help us in this nation Nigeria but I think anybody found guilty should face the law maybe by that it would reduce and serve as lesson to others

  16. I don’t just know why people will just be enjoying doing this to little girls around them

  17. Poland’s right-wing government on Tuesday unveiled plans to crack down on paedophiles by raising prison sentences to a maximum 30 years as a ground-breaking documentary on paedophilia among Polish priests went viral in the Catholic country. Paid news thanks for updating us

  18. Paidnews, thanks for updating me on what’s happening all over the world
    God bless you….

  19. I don’t know why an adult would abuse a younger one sexually.. When you can easily get a girlfriend or something.
    Fish brain

  20. Thanks you paidnews for updating me news that is going on around me and thanks for paying me.

  21. Some people don’t have conscious, how can,one degrade oneself by abusing kids,children that are innocent, of dey ooooo

  22. This should also be done in Nigeria. The rate at which paedophiles walk scotfree is alarming.

  23. Why should these priest force themselves into the practice when they know they can’t do without sex. To now engage minors is heartbroken.

  24. two-hour film includes compelling hidden camera footage of victims who are now adults confronting elderly priests about the abuse they suffered decades ago

  25. Thanks for always updating us on the news on what’s happening in the world. It is very important to know what’s going on because so many people may be afflicted by the actions of not knowing what is happening in the world

  26. The documentary concludes that Polish-born pope and Saint John Paul II turned a blind eye to sex abuse when the Warsaw’s communist regime was working to undermine the church, then Poland’s only independent institution.

  27. Client attended government college,kaduna of course that he wrote his waec in 1976 The records are their and they are also clear

  28. Commanding a majority in parliament, the PiS wants to raise maximum jail sentences for child sex abuse from 12 to 30 years and increase the age of consent from 15 to 16.

  29. ommanding a majority in parliament, the PiS wants to raise maximum jail sentences for child sex abuse from 12 to 30 years and increase the age of consent from 15 to 16.

    PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, regarded as Poland’s de facto powerbroker, first suggested longer prison terms for paedophiles on Sunday as the documentary attracted attention.

    “Tell No One”, by independent Polish journalist Tomasz Sekielski has sent shock waves through the devout country and been viewed 12.5 million times since it was posted Saturday

  30. I think, apart from a severe legal regime, an effective public campaign and enlightenment that will include religious bodies is necessary as the prevalence particularly among church leaders indicates a loss of value orientation across generations.

  31. Thank you very much paid news for always updating us on the news around the world…well done..God will help us in nigeria

  32. Child sexual abuse is a crime even before God Almighty therefore,no amount of punishment would be to much to be visited on offenders.

  33. Child sexual abuse is a crime even before God Almighty therefore,no amount of punishment would be to much to be visited on offenders.

  34. Thank you very much paid news for always updating us on the news around the world…well done..God will help us in nigeria

  35. PiS leader Jaroslaw Kaczynski, regarded as Poland’s de facto powerbroker, first suggested longer prison terms for paedophiles on Sunday as the documentary attracted attention.

  36. Strong law suits needs to be made against sex abuse all over the world cause this is becoming absurd.

  37. God have mercy on us, a lot of things are happening in the world today. Poland can go ahead and take measures to cortail the excesses of some religious heads

  38. This is serious. This child sex abuse issue is affecting many people. May God help us

  39. More serious sanctions for paedophiliacs need to be implemented not just in Poland but worldwide. It will serve as deterrent for prospective and actual offenders alike. A sin against children is previous.

  40. Supported seriously “Pope Francis last week passed a landmark new measure to oblige those who know about sex abuse to report it to superiors, which could bring many new cases to light”.

  41. Why Is it that d federal government is not taking a proper step on this child abuse in Nigeria

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