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Poland’s Archbishop urges Vatican to probe child sex abuse case

Berlin, May 17 (efe-epa).- Poland’s Roman Catholic Church has urged the Vatican to investigate allegations of child sex abuse within the Church reported in a documentary released on YouTube.

The Hide and Seek documentary broadcast on Youtube on Saturday alleges the abuse of children by Catholic clerics in Poland.

“As a high representative of the Episcopal Conference, I ask the Holy See to launch proceedings,” Archbishop Wojciech Polak, said in a statement, according to Polish television channel tvn24.

The documentary film is the second by brothers Marek and Tomasz Sekielski and has already racked up over 1.9 million views.

“The film… shows that protection standards for children and adolescents in the Church were not respected,” Archbishop Polak said in a video aired 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.”

The Sekielski brothers have already addressed concerns of abuse within the Polish Catholic Church with their first documentary broadcast in May 2019.

In it, the filmmakers highlighted what they called the “systematic sins of paedophilia” of clerics.

The first film of the series titled Tell No One has been viewed 23 million times and triggered a political reaction from the country’s ultra-conservative Law party and Justice (PiS), which has close links to the church.

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