Backlash after Polish archbishop links child abuse and divorce

Archbishop Michalik

Poland's most senior Catholic cleric has prompted a storm of outrage after he said children with divorced parents were sometimes more vulnerable to sexual abuse by priests, though the church later said it was a slip of the tongue, reports Ucanews.

The comments from Archbishop Jozef Michalik, shown on Tuesday by a Polish television broadcaster, Michalik said child sexual abuse by priests was unacceptable, but the debate about it needed to be broadened out beyond the immediate physical or psychological wounds inflicted on the victims.

'And one has to say ... how many wounds are inflicted when parents divorce? We often hear that this inappropriate attitude (paedophilia), or abuse, manifests itself when a child is seeking love,' said the prelate, who is head of the Roman Catholic episcopate in Poland.

'It (the child) clings, it searches. It gets lost itself and then draws another person into this.'

After the comments were broadcast, Polish social media networks reverberated with angry comments.

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Backlash after Polish archbishop links child abuse and divorce (Ucanews)

Archbishop blames pedophilia on divorce (The Courier-Mail)

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