Card. Stanisław Dziwisz in an interview with the Catholic Information Agency referred to, inter alia, to the case of Fr. Jan Wodniak.
IN FACT, IT WAS A TERRIBLE THING, BUT I DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHY EVERYONE, FOR GOD’S SAKE, WANTS TO CONVINCE YOU THAT IT IS MY FAULT, BUT I DID NOT KNOW HIM AT ALL, NOR SAW HIM AT ALL, AND IT WORKS IN THE LATE 1980S AND EARLY 1990S. WHEN I WAS NOT IN POLAND
Dziwisz said. He added that the parish of Międzybrodzie Bialskie, where Fr. Wodniak was a parish priest, he is located in the Bielsko-Żywiec diocese and this is where the case should be reported.
Fr. Wodniak – when he was the parish priest in Międzybrodzie Bialskie – was to have sexually abused Janusz Szymik for five years. For many years the man had been alerting other priests that Wodniak was still in the ministry. At one point, Szymik turned to Father Tadeusz Isakowicz-Zaleski, who in 2012 delivered a letter on this matter to Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, who claims today that he does not remember such a situation.
Card. Stanisław Dziwisz referred to the allegations of covering up pedophilia
Card. Stanisław Dziwisz in an interview with KAI said that while he was the Metropolitan of Krakow, he received complaints about seven clergymen. Card. Dziwisz was the Metropolitan of Krakow in 2005-2016.
DURING MY REIGN IN THE ARCHDIOCESE OF KRAKOW, SEVEN PRIESTS WERE INFORMED ABOUT THE ABUSE OF A MINOR AND ALL THESE CASES WERE CARRIED OUT IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCEDURES APPLICABLE IN THE CHURCH
– He said. He added that after the proceedings in the Archdiocese of Krakow, all matters were referred to the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. – And it was she who decided about their final settlement – he said, emphasizing that it was a path in line with the procedures in force in the Church.
Card. Dziwisz said that in the end, in some cases, the clergy who were found guilty of the alleged acts were expelled by the Congregation’s decision to the secular state “because they deserved it”. He added that “and even some of them took up manual labor.”
In other cases, e.g. Fr. Stefan D., whose story was presented in the report “Don Stanislao”, the Congregation found the accusations unfounded. – That is why this priest could perform the duties of a parish priest, which was not an abuse – explained Cardinal You surprise.
The report “Don Stanislao. The other face of Cardinal Dziwisz” was broadcast on November 9 on TVN24. In the material, cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz that he was to take part in covering up pedophilia in the Church. The second part of the document was presented on November 23.