Szkodoń, 74, an auxiliary bishop of Kraków archdiocese, was ordered to undertake a three-month closed retreat, “dedicated to reflection and prayer.”
The apostolic nunciature said that Szkodoń had already fulfilled this requirement as he had been living in seclusion since February 2020 — when accusations against the bishop were published by a Polish magazine.
Since November 2020, the Vatican has disciplined a series of mainly retired Polish bishops after investigations.
Earlier this month, Archbishop Wiktor Skworc of Katowice, southern Poland, asked for a coadjutor following a Vatican probe into his handling of clerical abuse cases.
In June, Bishop Zbigniew Kiernikowski resigned as bishop of Legnica, southwestern Poland, days before his 75th birthday after a probe conducted according to the provisions of Pope Francis’ 2019 motu proprio Vos estis lux mundi.
That same month, the Vatican took action against the retired Bishop Stefan Regmunt and Bishop Stanisław Napierała.
Meanwhile, Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz, a former aide to St. John Paul II, is facing a Vatican investigation into claims that he mishandled abuse cases while serving as archbishop of Kraków from 2005 to 2016.
Italian and Polish media reported on July 23 that the investigation had found no evidence of neligence, but the conclusions of the inquiry have not been made public.
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