Criminal complaint withdrawn

Criminal complaint withdrawn

Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Cardinal Dziwisz. © Katharina Ebel (KNA)

Poland's judiciary does not open an investigation against former Krakow archbishop and papal secretary Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz. He was indicted for alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the church.

After examining the case, the Krakow prosecutor's office on Thursday rejected a criminal complaint against the 81-year-old cardinal, according to Polish media reports. Dziwisz had not committed a crime because at the time, from 2006 to 2012, he was not legally required to report such allegations against priests to police or prosecutors.

Vatican should examine allegations

Leftist MEP Lukasz Kohut had denounced the prominent churchman in November after the TV report "Don Stanislao – The Other Face of Cardinal Dziwisz" was broadcast. In broadcast by private channel TVN24, Dziwisz was accused of ignoring evidence of child sexual abuse in the church when he was archbishop of Krakow. He strongly denied this and proposed an independent commission of inquiry into the allegations.

Kohut criticized the decision of the prosecutor's office: "In Poland the alliance between throne and altar goes on. Some go unpunished for now." Dziwisz served throughout John Paul II's pontificate. (1978-2005) its private secretary and then archbishop of Krakow until the end of 2016. The president of the Polish Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, had argued in November that the Vatican should investigate the allegations against Dziwisz.

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