Film About Catholic Church Pedophilia Sets Box-Office Record in Poland

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Cinema-goers pass a Kler film poster in Warsaw

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The debut puts a spotlight on the Polish church’s role in concealing cases of pedophilia, an issue that has largely been ignored in the staunchly Roman Catholic nation even after public outcries in Ireland and the U.S. An appellate court in Poznan, Poland, Tuesday upheld a 1 million zloty ($269,000) fine on the church in a case of a priest convicted of imprisoning and raping a 13 year old girl — an unprecedented penalty for the religious institution in the east European country.

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