World Youth Day priest removed after reportedly fathering child

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Polish priest has been stripped of his duties after reportedly fathering a child with a woman he met while working as spokesman for the upcoming World Youth Day in Krakow.

Tomasz Kijowski, a member of the Salesian order, has been banned from performing his duties and wearing his clerical robes or collar.

A Vatican representative was not immediately available to comment on whether the Polish priest would also be defrocked.


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The priest reportedly admitted his relationship with a woman in June, but the case has only just come to light in Polish media.

Andrzej Golebiowski, spokesman for the Krakow Salesians, said the process of formally expelling Kijowski from the order is underway. “The reason for this situation is that he has fathered a child,” he was quoted in Inside Poland as saying.

Kijowski met his 22-year-old partner at a planning meeting for the World Youth Day, which will be held in Krakow next July, Italian news agency Ansa reported.


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Pope Francis is due to attend Poland’s World Youth Day, which will bring together thousands of young Catholics from around the world. The pontiff also attended the last such meeting, which was in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013.

The revelation about Kijowski’s baby came just days after a fellow Polish priest, Krzysztof Charamsa, came out as gay after years working at the Vatican. In announcing he was in a gay relationship, Charamsa accused the Holy See of being “ignorant about homosexuality.”

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, Federico Lombardi, responded by describing Charamsa’s statements as “very serious and irresponsible” and announcing the priest would lose his position at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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  • Glyndon Morris

    The article clearly states the age of the partner, but not the age of the priest. What’s up with that?

  • Bernardo

    And once I thought (and was taught) that RCC priests could do no wrong. What a con job that was!!!

  • Fjh

    I seriously doubt you were taught that priests could do no wrong. I think your memory is conning you.

  • Diane

    Thankfully it is beind dealt with, not sweot under tge rug. The other removed priest because of stating his sexuality and relationship is clueless. . Thee statement about the church not understanding homosexuality…well Priests are to be celibate, not in a relationship of any kind. We are all sinners in some way, but clerics and religious are held to an even higher standard when they face God, it’s unreal they don’t understand this!

  • Bernardo

    http://www.therealpresence.org/eucharst/priesthd/euchpr02.htm

    “So Christ ordered that the Catholic priest not only should represent Him upon earth, but that he should be, as it were, Himself again, raising him above the rest of mankind, nay, above all angelic spirits who admire, with holy envy, those among the sons of men whom they see clothed with sacerdotal dignity. Thus the seraphic St. Francis was wont to say that, were he to meet at one time an angel and a priest, he would first salute the priest.

    Now, this dignity of the Catholic priesthood takes its root in the Most Holy Eucharist. In fact, it was in view of this divine Sacrament that Jesus Christ instituted the order of priests, whose function it is to consecrate and distribute the Lord’s body to the faithful.”

    continued below:

  • Bernardo

    “Hence the Catholic priesthood is justly called a reflection of the Blessed Eucharist. Moreover, as this Sacrament is the life of the Church, so, consequently, the religion of Jesus Christ would cease to exist, the moment the world were left without priests.”

  • He is 45.

  • Living Water

    I’m shocked !!! He had sex with a woman, –not a man.

  • Amw

    Ordination doesn’t change men into angels Bernard, nor does it remove the tendency we all have to sin.
    Rather, because of the call to the priesthood, and the precious gifts God permits them to pass on, priests are expected to lead by example, but they need our prayers and support to do this, and God never deprives anyone (lay or priest) of His graces to be saints. Just like you and I need to avail of Confession, so do priests, I would even say, more regularly if anything.

  • Raymond

    I think you are confusing the real presence . org with the Magisterium, the official teaching of the Catholic Church. So your confusion is understandable, but priests are human like you and me, they are called to Holiness like you and me, and they sometimes stumble like you and me. What makes them different is that they have been ordained to be servants of God, to bring God to the people through the Sacraments. They are not Super men, they must be filled with and led by the Holy Spirit in order to make a difference in the is world, just like you and me.

  • Bernardo

    A rigorous historic analysis of the sacrament of Confession/Reconciliation as per the NT:

    (1a) Matt 16:19
    (1b) Matt 18:18
    (2) John 20:23

    And what do some of the contemporary NT scholars conclude about these passages?:

    Professor JD Crossan’s analysis:

    Item: 375
    Strata: III (80-120 CE)
    Attestation: Double
    Historicity: negative

    See http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php?title=375_Binding_and_Loosing

    See also Professor Gerd Ludemann’s review in his book, Jesus After 2000 Years, pp. 197-198, 205-206, 575-581. His conclusion: the pa-ssages are historically nil.

  • Bernardo

    The holy spirit previously the holy ghost:

    Hmmm, holy spirit, another paranormal thingie seen in dreams and hallucinations as a white dove/pigeon.

    And the Creed and its problems:

    “I believe in God, the Father almighty,
    creator of heaven and earth.”

    Problem: Breaking down God into three parts violates the First Commandment.

    “He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit
    and born of the Virgin Mary.”

    Even some contemporary Christian theologians have questioned the Virgin aspect. Professor Bruce Chilton, a historic Jesus exegete, has even concluded that Jesus was probably a mamzer.

    And before calling up Gabriel who supposedly talked to Mary about her “virgin” birth of the holy spirit’s incarnate one, check out http://wiki.faithfutures.org/index.php/026_Jesus_Virginally_Conceived