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“Polish bishops say ‘no taboo topics’ during ad limina visit to Vatican”
Auxiliary Bishop Adrian Galbas of Ełk, in northeastern Poland, spoke to Crux about the Polish bishops’ recently concluded ad limina visits to the Vatican. The Church in Poland has recently gone through a troubled period after media reports documenting the extent of clerical sexual abuse started emerging over the last years. It was within this context that the ad limina visits took place, but Mgr Galbas stated that “there were no taboo topics” and insisted there was a “brotherly” and “fatherly atmosphere in the dicasteries and with Pope Francis. Mgr Galbas also emphasized that the ad limina visits are not “a criminal court case leading to execution,” but rather a good moment to discuss a crisis.
The article also mentioned that recently Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, president of the Polish bishops’ conference, told the Polish Catholic Information Agency KAI, that he spoke about the punishment of bishops in a meeting with Cardinal Marc Oullet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Mgr Gądecki said that they spoke about the “disproportionate punishments” on bishops accused of coverups, compared to convicted abusers.