Allegations of rape and abuse of children by priests: decisions await from the Vatican

About that Lithuanian archbishop Gintaras Grušas announced in mid-March that a Lithuanian priest is accused of raping an eight-year-old in Detroit, USA.

It is written at the same time that the priest himself denies guilt while he is being investigated and is prohibited from performing active priestly service.

In mid-July, the LRT portal reported that artist Denisas Kolomyckis accused a Vilnius priest of childhood sexual abuse.

The Vilnius Archdiocese has launched an investigation into this.

Church representatives emphasize that those who have reasonable information or who have experienced sexual abuse in the Church, as minors or vulnerable persons, are invited to contact investigators and law enforcement agencies appointed by the dioceses.

Removed from priestly office

“We are informed that the civil investigation against the priest of the Telšiai diocese Aloyzas Volskis in the USA has been terminated, and the civil lawsuit is currently against the Archdiocese of Detroit and other persons, not against the mentioned priest,” said Živilė Peluritienė, Vilnius Archdiocese Curia Communications Coordinator.

According to her, it is known from the ecclesiastical side that the US Archdiocese of Detroit has transferred the material related to A. Volskis to the Vatican and further decisions are expected from there.

Ž.Peluritienė also mentioned that the priest is currently removed from public priesthood.

Sigismund Gedvilas / 15min photo / Denis Kolomyckis

D. Kolomyckis accused the priest who had served in the parish of Vilnius Blessed Jurgis Matulaitis of abuse.

As a result, he wrote a letter to the Curia of the Vilnius Archdiocese.

“As previously announced, the Vilnius Archdiocese immediately started a preliminary investigation upon receiving the DK’s application. Following a preliminary investigation, the material was handed over to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican, and instructions for further action are awaited. The priest mentioned in the indictment is removed from the performance of public priestly duties during the investigation, ”Ž.Peluritienė pointed out.

He claims to take urgent action

The Communication Coordinator of the Vilnius Archdiocese Curia emphasized that the Church was urgently taking concrete action when it received information about the possible sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons.

The person who applied is contacted and interviewed by the local bishop’s specially designated investigators.

A preliminary investigation into a specific case shall be initiated in accordance with the established procedure.

Upon receipt of a complaint, the victim or his or her representative is encouraged to apply to the law enforcement authorities to initiate an investigation, and if the law requires otherwise, the diocese itself applies to the law enforcement authorities for an investigation.

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / Amber Grušas

Sigismund Gedvila / 15min photo / Amber Grušas

“Once again, we can repeat the idea repeatedly expressed by both Pope Francis and Vilnius Archbishop Gintaras Grušas: even one case of sexual exploitation is too much.

In each diocese, a person in charge has been appointed to investigate possible sexual crimes against minors and vulnerable people in the Church, ”said Ž.Peluritienė.

Those who have reasonable information or who have themselves been sexually abused in the Church, as minors or vulnerable persons, are invited to contact these designated investigators and law enforcement agencies.


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