The monument to Pope John Paul II in Lodz in central Poland was desecrated last night on the anniversary of his death. The local media made it known, specifying that the monument, which is located in front of the cathedral, was partly smeared with red and yellow paint, while on the pedestal ‘Maxima Culpa’ is written in white, the title of the book recently published by a Dutch correspondent in Poland, Ekke Overbeek, according to which Wojtyla as cardinal of Krakow would have covered up the priests of his diocese guilty of sexual abuse of minors.
Today in Poland several demonstrations in defense of John Paul II
Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s party has recently railed against the book, as well as against the program of the private TV channel created by Maciej Gutowski with the same accusation, who today, coinciding with the 18th anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II, accompanied by premier Mateusz Morawiecki, he will visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla. In view of the general elections next autumn, “national marches in defense of the Pope” were organized today in various cities of Poland. About 40,000 people took part in Warsaw, with flags from the Vatican and Poland.
An investigation is underway to identify the vandals
The vandalism happened during the night. Shortly before 7, the faithful who were going to mass in the cathedral of Lodz made the discovery, write the local media. The police are working on the spot to secure the tracks. The agents take paint samples from the monument and make casts of the shoe marks left by the perpetrators on the pedestal. Surveillance videos will be checked, but it appears the cameras are aimed at the cathedral entrance rather than the monument.