SEXUAL ABUSE GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
Prosecutors began a criminal investigation Wednesday into the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a day after a local church representative said the pope had recalled the envoy because of child abuse allegations.
"We have formally opened an investigation," Dominican Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito told reporters. "Here we have to work with two legal aspects, first national laws and also international laws in his status as a diplomat, which implies other mechanisms of investigation and judgment."
The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Jozef Wesolowski had been removed from his post and that an investigation is under way but did not say what allegations were made.
Wesolowski had been an apostolic nuncio, the Vatican's official representative in the Dominican Republic.
But the pope pulled him from the post last month after an internal church report connected him with child abuse and pedophilia, according to Monsignor Agripino Nunez Collado, the rector of a Catholic university and spokesman for the church in the country
"It is a situation that really shames and hurts the conscience of all Catholics," he told reporters . "Really when there are these kinds of situations, justice must be done."
The former nuncio's whereabouts were unclear Wednesday, and he could not be reached for comment.
The situation goes beyond the authority of Dominican church officials, Nunez said, because Wesolowski was the Vatican's envoy there.
"It was a surprise for me. It is an unprecedented case," Nunez said. "An ambassador of the Holy See, that it reaches that level."
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi confirmed Wesolowski's removal and that "an investigation is on-going regarding the accusations moved toward him."
The church's sexual abuse guidelines allow local dioceses to make the initial decisions on the removal of accused priests. Papal nuncios, however, are appointed and supervised by the Vatican.
Before he was elected pope, Francis said that he supports a "zero tolerance" approach to clergy sexual abuse.
In 2012, when Francis was still Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, he said that when he was asked for advice by another bishop, "I told him to take away the priests' licenses, not to allow them to exercise the priesthood any more, and to begin a canonical trial in that diocese's court."
For years, the Catholic Church has faced calls for reform in the wake of scandals involving the sexual abuse of children by priests and allegations of corruption.
Shortly after his election to the papacy, Francis told a senior Vatican official to “act decisively” against sexual abuse and carry out "due proceedings against the guilty."
In July, the pope made it a crime to abuse children sexually or physically on Vatican grounds. The acts were already crimes under church law, but are now specifically outlawed within the Vatican city-state, which is home to hundreds of people.
THE ABOVE REPORTS HIGHLIGHTS THE FACT THAT SEXUAL ABUSE OF ALL KINDS - INCLUDING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE IS NOT CONFINED TO SIMPLE PRIESTS IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH - AND THAT IT GOES RIGHT TO THE TOP OF THE CHURCH.
IN RECENT MONTHS CARDINAL KEITH O'BRIEN WAS REMOVED AS ARCHBISHOP OF EDINBURGH BY THE VATICAN AFTER IT EMERGED THAT HE HAD BEEN SEXUALLY ABUSING STUDENT PRIESTS AND YOUNG PRIESTS OVER A PERIOD OF DECADES.
|CARDINAL KEITH O'BRIEN (RIGHT)|
HOWEVER O'BRIEN STILL REMAINS A CARDINAL AND IS LIVING A LIFE OF LUXURY AT A MONASTERY IN TOME - SOME PUNISHMENT !!!!!
IN 2003 THE ARCHBISHOP OF VIENNA, AUSTRIA, HAD TO RESIGN AFTER ADMITTING SEXUAL ABUSE - AGAIN OF STUDENT PRIESTS:
IT IS WELL KNOWN AMONG STUDENTS AND PRIESTS WHO STUDIED IN ROME THAT THE HAS IT'S FAIR SHARE OF ABUSING CARDINALS, BISHOPS, MONSIGNORS AND PRIESTS.
I HAVE SPOKEN PERSONALLY TO SEMINARIANS THAT WERE USED FOR SEX BY SENIOR VATICAN CLERICS.
THERE ARE ALSO A NUMBER OF FORMER SEMINARIANS IN ROME WHO HAVE LEFT THE SEMINARY AND ARE NOW ACTING AS PAID ESCORTS TO VATICAN BISHOPS AS WELL AS VISITING BISHOPS. THEY ARE NORMALLY TAKEN FOR DINNER BY THE PRELATE IN HIGH END ROMAN RESTAURANTS AND THEN GO AND SLEEP OVERNIGHT WITH THE PRELATE. APART FROM DINNER AND ACCOMODATION THE GOING RATE IS CURRENTLY EURO 500. VERY OFTEN THERE ARE EXPENSIVE GIFTS GIVEN ALSO RANGING FROM JEWELLERY TO EXPENSIVE LAPTOPS.
ONE OF THE BETTER KNOWN "EPISCOPAL ESCORTS" IS FROM THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC AND IS, DUE TO AGE, QUICKLY COMING TO THE END OF CAREER. BUT - HE IS FINANCIALLY SECURE FOR LIFE.
NEW SEMINARIANS STUDYING IN ROME ARE OFTEN INTRODUCED INTO THE GAY SEX LIFE IN THEIR ROMAN SEMINARIES.
THE IRISH COLLEGE USED TO HAVE IT'S CROCHET CLUB
WHILE THE VENERABLE ENGLISH COLLEGE HAD THE DUVET MARTYRS -
A PLAY ON THE TERM DOUAY MARTYRS.
POPE FRANCIS HAS BEEN DOING A LOT OF TALKING ABOUT CRACKING DOWN ON ALL OF THIS.
"FRANK" NOW NEEDS TO PUT HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS.
LET'S SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH ARCHBISHOP WESOLOWSKI. POPE FRANCIS SHOULD STRIP HIM OF HIS SO CALLED "DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY" AND SEND HIM STRAIGHT BACK TO FACE JUSTICE IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC WHERE HE EXPLOITED LITTLE BOYS.
LET'S SEE WHAT HE DOES WITH CARDINAL KEITH O BRIEN. INSTEAD OF A LIFE OF LUXURY IN A ROMAN MONASTERY HAVING HIS EVERY MEED MET BY NUNS HE SHOULD BE STRIPPED OF HIS CARDINAL'S RED HAT. HIS VICTIMS IN SCOTLAND DESERVE AT LEAST THAT MUCH.