Jozef Wesolowski, former Vatican diplomat accused of child sex abuse, is dead

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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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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Polish ex-nuncio -- as Vatican ambassadors are called -- had been due to stand trial on charges he paid for sex with children during his time in the Dominican Republic.

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  • Betty Clermont

    BBC Aug. 11: “Wesołowski is not confined to his room. He can walk around the Vatican, around its 40 hectares,” said Ciro Benedettini, vice director of the Holy See press office, without mentioning any illness. Today (autotranslation) “Great is waiting to find out the results of the autopsy: many believe that Wesolowski could be the repository of untold secrets, which could, perhaps, be harmful to many powerful characters.” (ilgiornale.it/) The day he was put under “house arrest,” “Wesolowski is suspected of belonging to an international network that extends well beyond what has emerged so far.” (www.corriere.it)

  • jim

    difficult to post a comment without it being judgmental from so many angles….. so Mr. Wesolowski has probably already been JUDGED

  • Judy Jones

    Now that Wesolowski is dead, he can no longer hurt any more children. But his victims did not get justice and the secrets will most likely continue.
    Vatican officials should have turned Wesolowski over to secular law enforcement, maybe he would have already been tried and the truth might have been exposed.

    Let’s hope that anyone who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by Jozef Wesolowski, will find the courage to come forward and contact law enforcement no matter how long ago it happened.
    Silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

  • Larry

    So when is the Church paying restitution to the victims of Wesolowski since he was in their employ at the time of his abuse. This is clearly an example of vicarious liability from the vicar.

  • Greg1

    Yes, this man was a homosexual pedophile, abusing boys. That is a despicable scandal. At this point, this bishop has been Judged by our Lord Jesus Christ, and even if he received absolution from the Church, it still must be an honest act of repentance. My suspicion, however, is that he was a homosexual pedophile that saw no harm in what he was doing, so will likely land deep into Purgatory. The good news, is that the Church is working very hard to correct this issue, and in a generation, the issue will mostly be eliminated. But there will always be a few that sneak through the cracks; there will always be the Judases. “To those who have been given much, much shall be required” (Luke 12:48)

  • Larry

    No, he is a pedophile who abused children who happen to be within his control. Plus the article makes no mention of the gender of those abused.

    So you are pulling assertions out of your posterior orifice here. Defamatory lies come second nature to apologists for church abusers like yourself Greg1.

    If you had any concern besides circling the wagons for the church, your concern would be for compensation for those harmed by Wesoloski, not fantasizing what his supposed afterlife is going to be in your head. But that involves moral thinking and concern for people. Something your version of Christianity seems to avoid.

  • tim

    As you judge others you will be too judged.

  • Dominic

    The man is dead, already publicly humiliated at the end of his life as a man of the cloth. God has judged him, what that judgement is we will never know.
    Since his predilection for homosexual encounters is known, the Church needs to be more vigilant in denying them to Holy Orders.

  • Greg1

    Show me Larry that he abused little girls.

  • Karen

    Greg1, how does that matter at all regarding what Larry is saying?

  • Karen

    We won’t know simply because your god doesn’t exist.

    Now what did Jesus actually say about homosexuals? Thought so.

  • Karen

    Prove that.

  • This is really a pity. May his soul rest in peace, Amen

  • Bro David

    Most pedophiles are adult men who identify as heterosexual. They may sexually molest children of either gender or both. Your statement that he was homosexual is a great assumption on your part that does not bare the scrutiny of the scholarship on the subject of pedophilia.

  • Greg1

    Karen,
    For years the Church accepted homosexual men into the priesthood, as she felt that was God’s calling for them to serve God by means of the Apostolic priesthood, effectively performing the sacraments of salvation, and living the celibate life. However, in the later part of the 20th century, “active” homosexual men began to enter the seminaries to hide, and ultimately the Church became their playground, abusing young men (altar boys, etc.) in a despicable way. The reason it is important, is that somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of homosexual men, have pedophilic tendencies, and once those men engage in homosexual intercourse, it becomes very difficult to live the celibate life. So the Church no longer accepts men with homosexual tendencies–who have acted upon them–to the priesthood. As the percentage of these men to abuse young boys is just too high. Now that doesn’t eliminate all problems, but it will significantly decrease the occurrences going forward.

  • Betty Clermont

    Both Italian newspapers said he was “suspected” of belonging to a wider network of pedophiles and implied that if disclosed, this information would be further damaging to the Vatican. Unfortunately, this will never be judged because Wesolowski is now dead.

  • Dominic

    Jesus had no reason to further condemn homosexuality. Jesus read and learned fro the same Old Testament you don’t read today. If He thought their actions were not sinful, He would have said so. Homosexuality was such an entrenched characteristic of sinful acts that nothing more could be said about it.

  • Greg1

    Karen here is an update on one of those despicable men:
    http://watchdogblog.dallasnews.com/tag/julian-fox/

  • Greg1

    Karen, this video is of a priest who served himself and not God, who died, and was condemned to hell.
    https://twitter.com/search?q=father+steven+scheier+you+tube&partner=Firefox&source=desktop-search

  • Listen to Jude

    Like marriage as being immutably man and woman in Christian truth, the other absolutes of Jesus are true too.

    You can reject Jesus and Christian truth as you see fit Karen, but it doesn’t change truth. There is no such thing as support and celebration for gay anything or anyone in the Bible. Only liars and other evil people say there is.

    Me, my assertions? Jude away Karen. I have nothing to fear. And I do believe in Jesus.

  • Listen to Jude

    As all unrepentant h_mosexuals will be.

    Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth.

  • Listen to Jude

    Like m_rriage as being immutably man and woman in Christian truth, the other absolutes of Jesus are true too.

    You can reject Jesus and Christian truth as you see fit Karen, but it doesn’t change “Christian” truth. There is no such thing as support and celebration for g_y anything or anyone in the Bible. Only li_rs and other ev_l people say there is.

    Me, my assertions? Jude away Karen. I have nothing to fear. And I do believe in Jesus.

  • Listen to Jude

    Jobs in Nigeria,

    Do you know if he repented? He may be one of those “I was born this way,” kinds of hom_sexuals. No chance for that.

  • Larry

    Because the gays are making you like little children in that way. Urging you to molest children. You just can’t help yourself I guess…….

    Or at least that is what your cover story is, you sick twisted perv.

  • Larry

    And yet the Church does nothing to repair the harm these abusers cause. Not until forced to do so. No restitution or damages to those lives he damaged. Evidently they consider the worse sin was being caught by the general public.

  • Larry

    bqrq, the most beneficial thing for children is to keep them away from you. Obviously you have some personal issues with pederasty that you are trying to work out in public in an anonymous fashion.

  • Karen

    Greg1, write out and read Bro David’s post 10,000 times.

    Your post is also still irrelevant to Larry’s and you are a bigoted jerk.

  • Karen

    You’ve proven nothing, Greg1. You’ve just made a vapid declaration with no proof. You must be quite stupi​d.

  • Karen

    Poor excuse Dominic, especially when your brethren claim so often that the rules of the Old Testament were replaced by the new one. Just one more contradiction of your batshi​t crazy religion.

  • Karen

    The truth about Christianity is that the whole Christian religion is a giant scam. What you obviously fear is that being exposed as it now is.

    It’s 2015. Get over your crazy old Christian fairy tales already.

  • Karen

    Homosexuality is not a crime in modern countries. It’s 2015. Get over your bigotry and hate, and get over your sick Christian delusions already. The world is finally starting to leave them behind.

  • Daniel Berry, NYC

    “Wesolowski is suspected of belonging to an international network that extends well beyond what has emerged so far.”

    My next paycheck says they’re all upper-level roman catholic clergy.

  • bqrq

    Like most young ladies, Karen probably does not practice sodomy herself, but as an atheist she wholeheartedly promotes this vile and disgusting perversion for other people’s sons. Karen would have us believe that she and her cohorts are morally superior to anyone who upholds traditional Judeo-Christian moral values. Karen and her ilk are nothing more than passive but potent child molesters.

  • Greg1

    Karen, there is a politically driven movement within psychiatry, psychology, and sociology, to separate homosexuality from all male pedophilia. A year or so ago, you could easily find psychiatric studies on homosexuality and pedophilia; now, however, try to find one. And when you do, you’ll find that the links have been deleted. The only ones left are the either Christian, or conservative. So, if you feel like swallowing BroDavid’s nonsense, go right ahead, but I for one see a political game going on to normalize homosexuality. As for pedophiles being mostly heterosexual, well yes, of course they are. But they only amount to about 1% of the heterosexual population; whereas, the homosexual pedophiles make up from 30-40% of all homosexuals. So the likelihood of encountering a homosexual pedophile when you encounter a homosexual man is about 35%. Do you get the picture? BroDavid us using a twist of the numbers when he spouts his nonsense.

  • Karen

    Greg1, the twisting and falsehoods are entirely your own. Homosexuality and pedophilia are obviously not congruent. Please cease your lies and retract your crackpot conspiracy theories in that regard.

    Greg1, you are a bigot, and you are a lia​r. It is wonderful to see your hate and bigotry towards gays being strongly opposed and pushed aside at last; that bigotry has been holding back progress towards social equality in our great country.

  • Karen

    bqrq, perhaps someday you’ll get some sexual experience but I’d give that a slim chance. Mine is none of your business.

  • Karen

    Actually, I’ve had to actively help prevent child abuse by a Christian priest. So much for the moral values of your sicko religious group. What a hateful person you are. It would not be hard to be morally superior to you.

  • Greg1

    Karen, I don’t know if you have any children, but for those of us who do have young boys, and wish to keep them far away from pedophiles, then parents need to do the math, and keep it simple. Many homosexuals are nice people, and can be trusted, but a large portion simply cannot. I will ask you a question: why do you think the sudden change in pretext of behavioral studies? Why have these professions suddenly begun to separate homosexuality from all male pedophilia? The answer is in funding and respect within the field, especially now that the SCOTUS has done the unthinkable, and is demanding the permitting of gay marriage. I myself know better than to believe there is a sudden change of behavior going on.

  • Karen

    Greg1, enough with your cra​ckp​ot con​spiracy theories and your bigoted religion of ha​te. You are at least starting to admit the truth, that hom​ose​xuality and pedo​philia are neither linked nor congr​uent. Even “simple” reason is beyond you because you are trapped in your religious delusions.

    It is wonderful to see your hat​e and bigot​ry towards gays being strongly opposed and pushed aside at last; that bigotry has been holding back progress towards social equality in our great country.

  • Cam

    The only thing Greg1’s link proves is how inept he is at privacy matters. So, Greg1, care to post some other “videos” that show us more of your desktop setup, services, and vulnerabilities?

  • Karen

    Because your jerk of a god is set to give them punishment for what he naturally inclined them to do… Uh huh. You are part of a religion of hate, nothing more.

  • Karen

    “Truth” and “Christian” are antithetical. You are part of a religion of hate and bigotry. Its time is passing. Get over it already.

  • Fmr Cath

    @Larry… (from the above article)

    “The case against Wesolowski centered on accusations that he had abused boys during his five-year term in Santo Domingo”

  • Greg1

    Cam, just watch the video and then comment; it is located in many places.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EFKnoH6bqs

  • Ed

    This is a better video for Greg1 to watch:
    https://www.yo​utube.com/watch?v=dQw4w9WgXc​Q

    Just watch it Greg1, in an endless loop. Really. We’ll all be better for it if you do.

  • Dominic

    Oh Karen, you are a hateful being, and a slightly off-kiltered person. Religion will haunt you tirelessly your entire life because it is truth. Homosexual acts are now and forever an aberration of the natural order….accept it. You and your gal pals can dismiss it all you want in order to justify your handicap, but, don’t think for a millisecond that God ordained it. And since you have dismissed God from your little world, why do you care? Now throw on that k d Lang CD and rejoice.

  • Dominic

    A scam. I love it. A scam that has fooled the people for thousands of years, too.
    Better stick to the “fairy” tales you live out yourself, Karen. Geez, gay atheists are bitter wenches, aren’t they?

  • Dominic

    And heavens, Karen, please don’t make it our business! There is enough ugliness and tragedy in the world today.

  • Dominic

    This you just made up, Karen. When people have no debate left they make something up, ala Brian Williams. Shame on you.

  • Karen

    Dominic, the hate and bigotry is clearly coming from you and your cult mates in this case. Fortunately, our country is gradually moving away from your sick gang, at least in regard to equal rights for all human beings. A great step forward for our great country.

  • Karen

    Yes, Dominic, a scam that has fooled millions, promotes hate and bigotry, and has never delivered on its promises. Nice to see so many people looking at it critically. Great news there for our future.

    I’m not the one living with fairy tales; you are. I’m not the one making claims about vicious, spiteful beings in the sky; you are.

    I’ve got reality and evidence on my side. They don’t jive with your hateful, bigoted cult.

  • Karen

    As usual, Dominic, you are just being hateful in your latest comment

    You are part of the ugliness that you speak of. You represent your religion of hate and bigotry well in that regard.

  • Karen

    Dominic, shame on you, for lying. You speak only for and of yourself there.

    Dominic is a lia​r and his religion is a complete fraud.

  • Greg1

    I think you guys are afraid to watch that video. It might give you a bit of a scare.

  • Cam

    Hardly, Greg1.

    Ed’s video is really one that you should watch many times. Just do it.

  • Larry

    So that means you want to have sex with prepubescent girls because you are a straight male. Plus you think others want to as well.

    The more this line of reasoning plays out, the more it becomes apparent that the people who use it like Greg1 and others are pedophiles.

  • Larry

    bqrq asks about sodomy because he wants it but lacks the funds to have it as a commercial transaction and lacks the wherewithal to engage in relations with something besides his left hand.

    Obviously he awaits your response so he can masturbate furiously in his sick little fantasies

  • Larry

    Or maybe she thinks you are a vile human being asking an inappropriate question.

    WILL YOU PLEASE STOP TRYING TO GET PEOPLE TO JOIN IN YOUR MASTURBATORY FANTASY POSTINGS.

    We don’t want to hear about how much you want to abuse children sexually.

  • Betty Clermont

    Wesolowski’s autopsy was performed by the same doctor, Giovanni Arcudi, who did the autopsy on Swiss Guards Tornay and Estermann. Arcudi confirmed the Vatican’s pronouncement that Tornay killed Estermann and his wife and then himself with a 9 mm weapon. The family had Tornay autopsied by the University of Lausanne’s Institute of Forensic Pathology which found Tornay had been struck on the head before being killed by 7 mm forced into his mouth. (freerepublic.com)

  • Greg1

    Cam if you are so afraid to watch a simple video, what will you do when you stand before the King of the Universe at your Judgment? I have to wonder if you are a chicken at heart…

  • Cam

    Greg1, thanks for revealing that your beliefs are entirely based on your fear of being judged by your sky daddy.

    Following that line, which is also pure cowa​rdice on your part, you’d better hope that god isn’t instead the one that will chop your balls off for not sacrificing 3.14159Kg of blue cheese to him the day before a full moon. That has as much likelihood as being true as your far fetched god story, so get that cheese out pronto or prepare for the big chop.

  • Greg1

    I sense a great chicken-hearted fear on your part, Cam. You are simply afraid to watch a video that might shock you, or make you think twice about your unreasoned beliefs.

  • Cam

    No. Greg1. Your citing of that video only makes a case for your own foolishness. There are millions of videos on youtube. Ed’s cited one is one of the best ones for you. Watch it over and over again.

    The fear is all yours. You’ve demonstrated that your beliefs are entirely based on your fear of being judged by your sky daddy. You don’t even believe with sincerity. You believe only from your own cowar​dice.

    You’d better hope that god isn’t instead the one that will chop your balls off for not sacrificing 3.14159Kg of blue cheese to him the day before a full moon. That has as much likelihood as being true as your far fetched god story, so get that cheese out pronto or prepare for the big chop.