Henryk Jankowski

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Henryk Jankowski (2010)
Former statue of Henryk Jankowski by Giennadij Jerszow in Gdańsk

Father Henryk Jankowski (18 December 1936, Starogard Gdański – 12 July 2010, Gdańsk) was a Polish Roman Catholic priest, member of Solidarity movement and one of the priests supporting that movement in opposition to the communist government in the 1980s. He was also a long serving provost of St. Bridget's church in Gdańsk (until 2004). In the late 1990s he became known for his critique of the European Union and for anti-Semitic remarks, and was suspended from preaching for a year.[1] Father Jankowski was accused of being a homosexual pedophile and child rapist but was never convicted. The issue is still being investigated[2], remains a matter of discussion and an object of press's interest.[3]

According to records saved in Instytut Pamięci Narodowej Henryk Jankowski since 1980 to 1982 was an operational contact codename "Delegat" of communist Służba Bezpieczeństwa.[4]

He supported the Father Henryk Jankowski Institute, described as supporting charities and social projects, by sales of a wine with his image on the label, sold under the name "Monsignore", and had plans to open a chain of 16 cafés in major Polish cities and to market perfume and clothing also bearing his image.

In February 2019 the statue of Jankowski in Gdańsk was toppled by a group of protestors[5] and ultimately liquidated on March 8, 2019.[6]

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  1. ^ "Priest plans his own perfumes". Reuters. 3 July 2007. Retrieved 4 September 2010.
  2. ^ "Henryk Jankowski, Pro-Solidarity Priest, Dies at 73". NYTimes. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-08-11. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Sekret Świętej Brygidy. Dlaczego Kościół przez lata pozwalał księdzu Jankowskiemu wykorzystywać dzieci?". wyborcza.pl (in Polish). Archived from the original on 2018-12-04. Retrieved 2018-12-03.
  4. ^ Instytut Pamięci Narodowej, przegląd mediów 15 października 2009
  5. ^ "La statue du prêtre de Solidarnosc, accusé de pédophilie, renversée à Gdansk" (in French). 2019-02-22. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  6. ^ Pedophile monument toppled