Report: Pope John Paul II knew of abuse

A Polish television station has reported that former Pope John Paul II was aware of abuse in the church when he was the archbishop of Poland. (Photo by JCHowes, cc-by-sa-4.0,

WARSAW, Poland – St. John Paul II knew about sexual abuse of children by priests under his authority and sought to conceal it when he was an archbishop in his native Poland, a television news report has alleged.

In a story that aired late Monday, Polish channel TVN24 named three priests whom the future pope then known as Archbishop Karol Wojtyla had moved among parishes or sent to a cloister during the 1970s, including one who was sent to Austria, after they were accused of abusing minors.