Pope John Paul II statue stands in front of a church in Warsaw

A statue of the late Pope John Paul II stands in front of a church Wednesday in Warsaw, Poland.

WARSAW — Poland’s parliament passed a resolution on Thursday defending the name of John Paul II after a new book said the late pope knowingly covered up clerical pedophilia scandals when he was archbishop of Krakow.

The allegations about John Paul, the first Polish pope, aired in a documentary shown by private broadcaster TVN24 on Monday, have provoked fierce debate in one of Europe’s most devoutly Roman Catholic nations.