Archbishop Wojciech Polak, the head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, is asking the Vatican to investigate the cover-up of child sexual abuse by priests after the release of a documentary on the subject this weekend.
The film is about the story of two brothers who want to confront a priest who allegedly abused them when they were children.
The Vatican is expected to assign an investigator to the case.
The film – “Hide and Seek” – has gained popularity on YouTUbe with over 1.9 million views. Hide and Seek is the second documentary on the subject by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski.
“The film… shows that protection standards for children and adolescents in the Church were not respected,” Archbishop Polak said in a video released by the Catholic news agency KAI.
“I ask priests, nuns, parents and educators to not be led by the false logic of shielding the Church, effectively hiding sexual abusers,” he said. “We do not allow for the hiding of these crimes.”
Last year Pope Francis issued an Apostolic letter asking the Vatican to investigate the allegations raised in the film. The letter made it clear that Roman Catholic clergy must report cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups.
The film follows two victims try and make the Church accountable for covering up the abuse all these years. They claim that the Senior Bishop knew about the allegations all these years and never took any action.
Last March 2019, the Polish Church admitted that over the past 20 years, approximately 400 clergy had sexually abused children.