Father Jan Wodniak, who was pastor for 35 years in the Międzybrodzie Bialskie Voivodeship (Śląskie Voivodeship), sexually abused the adolescent acolyte Janusz Szymik from 1984-1989. According to Onet journalists’ knowledge, there could have been many more victims. The victim informed the then Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy about his story. As announced by Onet.pl, the clergyman has not taken any action on this matter.
In 2014 Fr. Jan Wodniak was removed from the parish by the bishop. Roman Pindel. He was later sentenced by a final judgment by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is serving his sentence in a solitary confinement location.
The Archbishop of Kraków, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, was informed about the fact that Br. Wodniak had committed a crime against a child. He was to receive documents on this subject from P. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski.
Map. Up until now, Stanisław Dziwisz has claimed that he could not recall any documents relating to Father Dr. Jan Wodniak. As he announced in September, April 21, 2012, he was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and that day he met with Father Dr. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski in the Curia.
Isakowicz-Zaleski published a letter to Card. Dziwisz
At that time, Br. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski stressed that the letter from Fr. Jan Wodniak was dated April 24, 2012 and presented it to the Cardinal “in person at the Cracow Curia, either on the same day or on a day in his vicinity “.
Found a letter from Fr. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski
Dr. Michał Skwarzyński, PhD, announced on the website of the Ordo Iuris Institute that the letter of April 24, 2012 was in fact registered in the archives of the Cracow Curia.
“From a conversation with Archbishop Stanisław Cardinal Dziwisz, I know that after finding the letter he remembered the situation, but Father Isakowicz-Zaleski’s letter contained a number of points regarding the priests of Kraków and this interested the cardinal as Subjects falling under the authority of this bishop. The case of a priest from a neighboring diocese. Has been assigned to the competent bishop, which is evident that such matters are assigned to the competent authority “- we read in the text by Dr. Skwarzyński.
“Well, my letter of April 24, 2012, but it was in the Curia, and Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz remembered the seven cases described” – commented Ms. Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski on Twitter.
In August, Fr. In a statement sent to Onet, Stanisław Dziwisz claimed that “he generally learned of the charges against Father Wodniak following the judgment approved by the Holy See”. The judgment was passed in December 2017.