Catholic bishop accused of sexual assault in Slovakia

In mid-September, popular Greek Catholic Church bishop Milan Chautur was accused of sexual assault by a woman. Her identity has not yet been revealed.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Milan Chautur, Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

In Slovakia, there has been no #metoo movement and almost no sexual scandals in the Greek Catholic Church. Based on this, the country might be perceived as an island of peace and morality by foreigners. 

However, one woman has cracked this facade.

Last month, she accused a very popular and widely liked Greek Catholic bishop of molestation.

She has filed a complaint with the police and told the story to public TV, but the journalist does not want to publish the story and says he is still working on it.

In response, the bishop has spoken openly to the media and rejected the accusations.

The bishop thinks that the accusation is an attack on the Church and did not forget to mention the evils of "gender ideology" and "liberalism". He has also mentioned how powerful the Church and its authorities are and how many devoted followers they have.

On his Facebook fanpage he has even published a hashtag that people can use to support him.

There was even a Facebook event for those who wanted to pray or fast for his innocence.

I hope these manifestations of support will not discourage other rape victims in Slovakia from speaking out.

Details from the story:

  • A woman who accused the bishop of sexual assault was raised in Eastern Slovakia but moved to Ireland where she lives with her family.
  • Bishop Milan Chautur is one of three Greek Catholic bishops in Slovakia.
  • In Slovakia, there are about 200,000 Greek Catholics. They are part of the Catholic Church with the pope on top of the hierarchy.
  • The Catholic Church has admitted to 17 cases where a priest in Slovakia was accused of molestation over the past 25 years. They investigated it inside the Church and in the Vatican but they have no information about how many cases were reported to the police.

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