Archbishop Jozef Michalik, Poland's most senior Catholic cleric, said children with divorced parents were sometimes more vulnerable to sexual abuse by priests, suggesting that children sexually abused and raped by pedophile priests bear some responsibility for their victimization.
Commenting earlier this month on revelations about Polish priests sexually abusing and raping children, Michalik told reporters a child from a troubled family "seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too."
Michalik subsequently apologized for his ugly and insensitive remarks after the nation of Poland and the world recoiled against his assertion that children from divorced homes are “seeking love,” and therefore drag priests into sexual abuse.
However, rather than distancing himself from the controversial comments about priests sexually abusing and raping children, Michalik instead added to the controversy by saying pornography and same-sex marriage are to blame.
The Telegraph reports the archbishop said abuse stemmed from homes broken on pornography, “selfish” love and “the ideology of gender that raises legitimate concerns, because it goes against the laws of nature, promotes marriage between persons of the same sex and fights for the right to legalize adoption of children by these couples.”
Currently Poland is reeling from recent revelations concerning scandals involving priests raping and sexually abusing children.