Vatican: Former diplomat who abused children could face extradition

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Jozef Wesolowski is pictured during a 2011 ceremony in Santo Domingo when he was still an archbishop and was serving as nuncio to the Dominican Republic. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found the archbishop guilty of sexual abuse of minors and has ordered that he be laicized.

Jozef Wesolowski is pictured during a 2011 ceremony in Santo Domingo when he was still an archbishop and was serving as nuncio to the Dominican Republic. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith found the archbishop guilty of sexual abuse of minors and has ordered that he be laicized.

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(RNS) It's not clear whether Jozef Wesolowski

, who has been defrocked and stripped of his diplomatic immunity, could be sent the Dominican Republic, where he preyed on young boys.

  • Judy Jones

    Thankfully there is a possibility that Josef Wesolowski could be extradited and stand trial for his crimes against innocent children in the Dominican Republic.
    This serial child predator can not be allowed to roam the streets freely. Right now he needs to be in a secure treatment center away from kids.

    Something to keep in mind-
    Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and
    sometimes even their family members. They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse. They devote lots of time and energy building trust with their victims by giving them money and gifts. They tend to make the child feel that they are special and loved.

    Sexual predators are often powerful and well-loved, we must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she couldn’t have done that! It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us the willies or the creeps. They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

    And we must stop thinking that because a man is old, that somehow he’s automatically safe. It’s just irresponsible to endanger kids by assuming an adult is harmless simply because he or she may be losing hair, wearing glasses, using hearing aids or walking with a cane. These can be signs of advancing age, but they are not signs that an individual is safe around kids.

    It takes a ton of courage to come forward and take action about being sexually abused. This is not an easy thing to do, but it is extremely rare that a child predator has only one victim. Some have many. Child predators need to be kept far away from kids forever, so let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may also have been harmed by Josef Wesolowski, will find the courage to speak up and contact local law enforcement. Your silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.
    Judy Jones, SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

  • Oscar

    Dear Pope Francis,

    I am not of your flock, or any flock for that matter, having departed disillusioned decades ago after coming face to face with the sort of man you now have to cast judgement upon and consider rendering to authorities in what must be an unprecedented contemplation.

    My journey has been on the other side of the theological fence. But on the Protestant side, the grass was not greener allow me to assure you, for the wolves roamed freely devouring the innocent lambs and pulling the wool over the eyes of the gullible tenders of the flock, who forgave them to readily to protect reputations of their own churches and the income flow that afforded them the lifestyles that they had become accustomed to.

    If I was a praying person, instead of the agnostic I have become, I would pray for the wisdom and courage you will need to take the right course of action and render this wolf in sheeps clothes to the authorities that demand justice for his evil deeds. No doubt you will have in your ear those that wish to administer leniency, but that will only send the message to others that evil has minimal consequence.
    Instead I would humbly suggest dealing with this paedophile as has never been seen before, so that even the complacent Protestant Church sits up and takes notice of your actions. Make an example of him so that all other offenders know that you mean business and those that have had their faith ruined by such offenders, might in some way have a chance of having it restored.

    Kind regards


  • drwho13

    The camel may have his nose under tent. If they can bag an archbishop that’s a big step forward. Now, it’s time to focus on Bishop Finn in this country!

  • Forgiveness as a command from a God (Christianity)
    Is the Heart of an Immoral Philosophy

    The Pope is commanded to forgive “7 time’s 70” according to Jesus.
    But the Pope cannot forgive raping children.

    This persistent problem at the heart of this reckless philosophy
    is eating the church alive from inside out.

    If the Pope were a moral leader, instead of a Christian leader, he could deliver all of the accused priests to the a justice authorities to be dealt with according to the law.

    But the needs of a ‘God’ always trump the laws of man.
    The heart of immorality is to give a magic invisible air pocket
    the power over deciding moral questions.
    For shame.

  • Linda Vaughan

    If Pope Francis were truly serious about zero tolerance for sex offenders in the clergy he might have demoted Bernard Law, or he might have spoken of Law’s offenses, as example.
    Instead Law holds a position in the Vatican and lives like a prince.
    It is an island culture. I see no hope for change.

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  • Oscar

    Very wise thoughts.

    As one who has been reluctantly brought up in “the church”, but now stands on the outside peering through the windows with a bemused interest. I find it fascinating that so called “men of God” can pull the wool over so many of their flock with the religious mumbo jumbo they emit about forgiveness and absolution.
    Crime is crime and do the time if thee does the crime, no matter who one is. The church is letting itself be destroyed by the criminality within, not by Atheists, Agnostics and non attendees who shake their head on the outside.

    One law for all, deliver this man and his ilk to face the justice he deserves and let him pray to his god for mercy upon his soul. He probably won’t bother, because deep down he probably knows that the god he claimed to serve was just the excuse he needed to do the evil that he did and although he may well have started out with good intentions, those days are long gone and it is all about selfish power, done in the name of a diety he probably stopped believing in many years ago. Therefore render him unto Caesar and let him begin to repay his debt to society and let society have one less paedophile in it’s midst.

  • Fran


    I, too, see no hope for any change as well or any hope for this church as a whole.

  • drwho13

    Good point, What do you think protects Law, but not Wesolowski? Could Law have damaging info on high ranking prelates, popes (even a saint) that makes him untouchable?

  • Oscar

    You are quite possibly right. It is the same principle as a “Lame Duck Presidency”, where a leaders political effectiveness is compromised because those that pull his/her strings have uncovered some scandal and hold it as the ace up the sleeve.

    The politics of religion is little different. Those that clamber to the top are often not there for the right reasons and in their clamber to the top they trample on the very people they claim to serve.

    Politics, religion. There is much in common. Alas we are stuck with the former because we keep voting them in and the alternatives are much better. The latter can be disposed of by not contributing to their causes!

  • Oscar

    Sorry the last paragraph should have read “the alternatives AREN’T much better.

  • Jamie Breyer

    More atheists are coming out of the closet. I think the churches are going to start closing faster than ever. Welcome to reality, bro.

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