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.