Catholic Church in Poland: “We will not compensate victims of pedophile priests.”

My tummy is being stupid, so I’m going to post this and then go lay down.  Fortunately it doesn’t need much more comment from me:

The Rev. Jozef Kloch said in comments aired by Polish Radio 1 on Friday that the responsibility for compensation lies with the perpetrator. That differs from the approach in countries like the United States, Canada or Australia, where the church has paid settlements.

Kloch was reacting to a 200,000 zlotys ($64,000) claim made by a 25-year-old victim against his parish and local church authorities after they failed to reach a settlement. The claim could now be taken to court, in what would be Poland’s first such case.

“The Church will not pay compensation to victims of pedophile priests,” Koch said. “The wrongdoer should do it.”

What a strange way to say “We know we promised you a safe area with a man in our employ, and we’re sorry we failed that promise.  We’re going to make it right.”  Like god, I’m sure they have their reasons.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Loqi

    Like god, I’m sure they have their reasons.

    Church coverups work in mysterious ways.

  • baal

    The Polish side of the RCC has its quota to give to Rome. If they pay out, its makes it hard to cover the licensing franchise fee donation to VC’s costs and the costs of all that RCC charity*.

    *for some definitions of charity.

  • Korou

    Hmmm. The $64, 000 question is answered.
    But it wasn’t a difficult question, really. Appalling.


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