Catholic Church in Poland reports 100s of new abuse allegations

On Monday, Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski resigned as bishop of Legnica, southwestern Poland, days before his 75th birthday after a Vos estis probe into his handling of clerical abuse cases.

Days earlier, the Vatican took action against two other Polish bishops after investigations.

Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, a former aide to St. John Paul II, is facing a Vatican investigation into claims that he mishandled abuse cases while serving as archbishop of Kraków from 2005 to 2016.

The new report said that half of the allegations made since mid-2018 were still under investigation. Around 40% were considered confirmed or substantiated at the preliminary stage or by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while 10% were considered unfounded and rejected.

Of the 173 cases that concerned children under the age of 15, 148 were reported to state law enforcement agencies. Of the 25 that were not reported, 13 related to deceased clergy, eight were considered unfounded, and four were still being verified when the new report was compiled.

Sixty-eight of the 368 allegations concerned religious orders, while 300 related to dioceses.