Pope fires Polish bishop after abuse scandal | Abroad

The statement by the papal nuncio to Poland mentions “problems in the management of the diocese and, especially, negligence in dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.” The Diocese of Lowicz falls under the Archdiocese of Lódz in central Poland.

Polish media reports that Dziuba transferred a priest in his diocese from one parish to another, knowing about the victims’ accusations. The priest was subsequently sentenced to three years in prison.

The Catholic Church in the homeland of Francis’ predecessor, John Paul II, who was pope from 1978 until his death in 2005, has been burdened with allegations of child abuse for years. The Polish Pope appointed Dziuba as bishop two decades ago. Since then, several bishops have resigned prematurely.