Vatican orders former Dominican Republic archbishop to stand trial on child abuse charges

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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. Photo by Orlando Barria, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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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. Photo by Orlando Barria, courtesy of Catholic News Service

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Wesolowski, who had the title archbishop during his five-year post in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic capital, was recalled to the Vatican in 2013. He was later the first person to be arrested inside the Vatican on child abuse charges.

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  • Betty Clermont

    TOn Sept. 26, 2014, the Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Serra reported that Wesolowski was arrested by order of the pope because “there was a serious risk that the nuncio would be arrested on Italian territory at the request of the Dominican authorities and then extradited.” Wesolowski had more than 100,000 computer files of pornography. “Some were downloaded from the internet and others the victims themselves were forced to take. The prelate stored part of this chamber of horrors on his own laptop. The material, which is classified by type, shows dozens of young girls engaged in sexual activities but the preference is for males. Images show youngsters aged between 13 and 17 being humiliated for the camera, filmed naked and forced to have sexual relations with each other or with adults. … Wesolowski is suspected of belonging to an international network that extends well beyond what has emerged so far.” So the pope left Wesolowski a free man since July 2013.

  • Ben in oakland

    Well, if he is going to stand trial in the Vatican, justice is served, isn’t it? I mean, we wouldn’t really want to send him back to the country where he committed his crimes, would we? Where he would have to confront the victims, their families, and their criminal justice system, would we?

    The aiding and abetting of child molesters in the church continues.

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  • Tabaga

    Why do they/we call it child abuse instead of rape?

  • Greg1

    It is called being politically correct. But better to be held accountable in Rome, where he WILL be properly prosecuted, and not set free to continue his destructive ways.

  • Chaplain Martin

    I have wondered that for many years. Not to do so still is not treating children as having equal standing as adults would have. Child rape is still rape no matter if it is called molestation.
    Too many adults of all classes, religion, and race still think of children in a “less than” position. Somehow some adults think “oh that was bad, but the child will grow out of the terrible act done to them.” No they will not.

  • JR

    Wow…arrested in Vatican City, the Pope is really acting on his promises. The brazen behavior of this Archbishop downloading child porn within the Vatican walls really necessitates the need for Hell’s existence. A civilian may lack the training to control emotions, but a bishop/priest is trained to practice chastity, purity of thought, humility, and sacrifice. Amazing how he consciously could say Mass, knowing his deeds violated every Catholic definition of mortal sin.