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Poland’s Archbishop Jozef Michalik blames porn, divorce, gay marriage for sex abuse scandal

Poland recoils after leader of Catholic Church in that country, Archbishop Jozef Michalik, appears to blame victims of sex abuse who are "seeking love."

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Polish Roman Catholic Archbishop Jozef Michalik signs a "message to the peoples of Russia and Poland" on August 17, 2012 at the Royal Castle in Warsaw. (JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Rather than distance himself from controversial comments about child sex abuse, Poland’s Archbishop Jozef Michalik instead added to the debate by saying pornography and same-sex marriage are to blame.

The head of Poland’s Roman Catholic Church, who last week pinned paedophilia to divorce, said this week that pornography and the pursuit of same-sex marriage and gay couples adopting children is spawning abuse, The Telegraph reported.

“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,” Michalik said.

Last week, Michalik apologized after the nation recoiled against his assertion that children from divorced homes are “seeking love,” and therefore drag priests into sexual abuse.

According to Reuters, he sparked an immediate backlash last week for saying victims of crime bear some responsibility.

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“How many wounds are inflicted when parents divorce? We often hear that this inappropriate attitude (paedophilia), or abuse, manifests itself when a child is seeking love,” Michalik said during an interview with TVN24, Reuters reported.

The church reacted quickly, issuing a statement that condemned all paedophilia while suggesting Michalik was misunderstood. He later apologized for all “priests who have harmed children,” the Associated Press said.

The comments are further alienating large, younger populations who are falling away from the church, the AP said.

Poland is also reeling from sex abuse scandals involving their priests and children.

The AP said that since 2001, 27 Polish priests have faced charges, but few cases have resulted in jail time.

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