Jan Wodniak Tadeusz Rakoczy
In 1984 in the town of Międzybrodzie in southwestern Poland, a boy was abused by the local parish priest for more than five years, beginning when he was 12. Today, more than thirty-six years later, he is still looking for justice.
“Abuse was only one station in my personal way of the cross,” he wrote in a letter to Pope Francis last week.
The investigation into the case not only involved the accused priest and his bishop – the now retired Tadeusz Rakoczy – but might also involve Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, the longtime secretary of Pope John Paul II, who later served as Archbishop of Krakow from 2005-2016.
The Diocese of Bielsko–Żywiec, where the abuse happened, is in the Krakow ecclesiastical province.