Polish bishops defend John Paul II after McCarrick report
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — On Friday, Polish bishops protected St. Jean-Paul II from evidence that he denied allegations of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick adultery with his seminarians in an attempt to save a papal reputation severely terned by inaction of sexual harassment of clergy.
Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, stated in a declaration that both McCarrick and other US bishops "cynically deceived" John Paul.
This week's two-year Vatican inquiry into McCarrick was the first reaction by the Polish Bishops to the publication by John Paul and his secretary in covering the sexual harassment of McCarrick.
In predominantly Catholic Poland, opposing John-legacy Paul's has long been a paradigm of his most renownful native son to bring about the overthrow of communism and to hold the religion and national traditions intact.
His legacy, though is progressively being researched here and abroad in the middle of a growing controversy regarding violent priests and bishops in Poland.
Last year after a separate Vatican investigation, Pope Francis defrocked McCarrick 90, finding that during his decades-long rise, he sexually assaulted minors, even adults, and abused his influence over seminarians.
Francis approved a more comprehensive analysis of the rise and decline of McCarrick in the church, in which he found proof that since the late 90s the Vatican and American Bishops have known of his crimes, but kept the eye blind.
The 449-page study revealed that John Paul, a pope from 1978 to 2005, obtained reliable warnings from reputable prelates in the late 1990's regarding McCarrick's corruption.
However, John Paul called McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and later cardinal, also after launching a study toward a promotion in 2000.
Apparently the article was inspired by a handwritten letter from McCarric to the then-Bishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, the trustworthy secretary of the pope, insisting that he never had "sexual relations" with anybody.
The declaration of Gadecki arrived on the same day the U.S.
The National Catholic Reporter, a Catholic publication, called for an end to the Vatican report of the devotional culte of John Paul.
The bishops of the United States, who gather for their Annual October Assembly this weekend, were encouraged to consider seriously" whether American Catholics could continue to encourage loyalty to him by put their names on churches and schools and keeping processions on his liturgical festivity.
"A hard period has arrived," the news item says in a publishing house. "This guy, declared by Pope Francis the Catholic Saint in 2014, has willingly jeopardize children and young adults in and around the world in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. He has thus also eroded the witness of the world church, broken its reputation as an organization and set a regrettable precedent for bischops in ignorance.
Since his process of holiness was speeded up after his death in 2005, Francis canonized John Paul.
In the midst of previous claims he dismissed evidence that priests worldwide had abused and molest minors, the greatest among them being the president of the Legion of Christ's religious order. The McCarrick controversy has revitalized scrutiny of the sainthood procedure and the reputation of John Paul itself.
The Vatican study states the church-long justification that John Paul was blind from abussing the suffering of the refugees, when he saw clearly how the priests were systematically discredited by the communist authorities on bogus charges in his native Poland.
From Rome, Winfield contributed.