Poland’s church sex abuse scandal becomes political

Poland Marks 100th Anniversary Of Independence

WARSAW, POLAND – NOVEMBER 11: A participant holds up a religious icon among Polish flags at a religious gathering of ultra-conservative Catholics and right-wing nationalists at the Monument to the Polish Home Army during events to mark the 100th anniversary of the reinstatement of Polish independence on November 11, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland. Events are taking place throughout the Polish capital today to celebrate the anniversary, including a planned march by right-wing nationalist groups. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Source: Politico

A documentary exposing child sex abuse in Poland’s Roman Catholic Church has turned religion into a key issue ahead of the European election.

The film, “Tell No One,” showing how abusive priests destroyed the lives of their victims and faced no consequences, has shocked the overwhelmingly Catholic country in which the church is a key political player; released on Saturday evening, it had been viewed more than 8.1 million times on YouTube as of Monday afternoon.

The unflinching look at abuse in the church adds Poland to the list of countries — from the U.S. to Canada, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Chile and more — that have been forced to deal with clergy child sex abuse scandals.

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