Church Using ‘Loophole’ To Keep Pedophile Priests Off Sex Offender Registry

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The polish Polish Ministry of Justice recently unveiled a publicly accessible online registry of pedophiles convicted of abusing children up to 15 years of age, but due to a legal loophole, the Catholic church can keep priest of the registry.

The list contains fewer than 800 out of several thousand known sexual predators, due to the exclusion 56 pedophile priests.

Church Using 'Loophole’ To Keep Pedophile Priests Off Sex Offender Registry
The list contains fewer than 800 out of several thousand known sexual predators, due to the exclusion

The criminals names, addresses, and photos are not in the registry:

Paweł K. of Wrocław, convicted of sexually abusing boys as young as 13 and possessing child pornography

Roman B. of Pyrzyce, convicted of raping a 13-year-old girl for several months

Stanisław G. of Kalinówce, convicted of molesting young girls preparing for their first communion

Wojciech G., convicted of molesting minors during a ministry in the Dominican Republic

Under Polish law, they do not publish surnames of people under investigation, but observers have been able to use information about their biographies and the court details to look through the database for matching convicts, with no results.

According to krakowpost the omissions have been publicized by Fundacja Nie Lękajcie Się (Do Not Be Afraid), a politically unaffiliated anti-pedophilia organization.

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Under Polish law, they do not publish surnames of people under investigation

“It’s incomprehensible why these people are not on the list,” foundation director Marek Lisiński said. “It turns out that the ministry’s assurances of protecting children were empty promises that have not translated into action.”

The government has denied any purposeful omission of priests, claiming that the registry entrants are not classified by profession and pointing to a number of legal loopholes through which it is possible some of the convicts may have evaded inclusion.

(For example, some are considered to be outside the government’s definition of “under 15 and/or showing particular cruelty”; still others can file special petitions to retain their privacy.) Ministry of Justice spokesman Jan Kanthak tweeted on January 4th that insinuations that the list is deliberately selective are “fake news.”

Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro’s office also referred to a second, broader registry which lists over 2,800 convicted child predators in Poland. However, outside of the government, it is only accessible to educators and members of other cultural institutions that work with children.

Because unauthorized access or disclosure of the contents of this exclusive registry may be punished by fines or even imprisonment, it is currently difficult to verify whether or not the priests in question are included in it.

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