Szczytna 23.10.2008 Poland
Patients from mentally challenged home in Szczytna go to sleep.
Fearing the anger of the Church hierarchs, for years the Polish authorities have been blind to breaking the law. The disabled people are to be thrown out onto the streets because of unsupported claims for the restitution of Church property taken away during the PRL. The issue is being dealt with by 13 people who are members of a Church/governmental body called the Property Committee, a specialist in making decisions during closed meetings basing on property evaluations that are far from true. And, there is nothing we can do about it, for the Committee's rulings are final and irrevocable.
In 1991 the Holy Family Missionaries addressed the Property Committee with a request to restore the ownership of a nationalized real estate. The estate is in fact a neo-Gothic castle in Szczytna, which, since 1967, has been home to the mentally challenged. 110 patients have been living there for over 40 years now. There was no other legal act stating anything about the Order of the Holy Family being the owner of any land or property in Szczytna.
Until the end of 2009 there is supposed to be no trace left of the disabled. However, the local authorities have not yet built or found a new place to transfer the 110 inhabitants and 70 personnel. Father Janusz Jezusek pastor from Provincial Curia of the Holy Family Missionaries, is already quite confusing. He says that the missionaries will not do harm to anyone. Wish to proceed, so that human dignity is maintained. Therefore, the Missionaries has agreed to rent the center for 2012. Authorities from mentally challenged home - despite the lack of money - will have to pay 10 thousand zlotys per month plus tax.
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