Vatican orders former archbishop to stand trial on child abuse charges

In an unprecedented move, the Vatican announced its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, would stand trial on charges he paid for sex with children.

Wesolowski, 66, 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.

He also faces charges of possessing child pornography during his stay at the Holy See and ahead of his arrest in September 2014, the Vatican said in a statement.

The decision to put Wesolowski, a native of Poland, on trial was announced nine days after a Vatican prosecutor requested the ex-archbishop be indicted. The first hearing is scheduled to take place within the Vatican walls on July 11.

The upcoming trial will prove to be a test case for the Holy See

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6 thoughts on “Vatican orders former archbishop to stand trial on child abuse charges

    • I must be a Christian cynic. Having read some of the catholic history the abuse is not something new. The catholic church is simply under pressure to out the perpetrators. It has happened by way of kicking and screaming. One only has to read of the popes and see the abuse and mayhem they caused.

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    • Hey Strewth,

      Maybe – let’s see if they petition the Australian Courts to set aside the “Ellis defence”

      One swallow (that hasn’t flown anywhere yet) doesn’t make a spring.

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      • I would hope so.
        The Pope’s words might carry more influence than some believe. His stance on climate change, some believe, could change voting habits in the next election

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      • Hey Strewth,

        I have no doubt that the Pope and the Vatican will keep on telling other people how to live their lives.

        Personally I’d rather know that churches are going solar and the Vatican is carbon-offsetting.

        So far the Pope has said a lot of really nice things and very little has actually changed. And sure it’s good to hear those very nice things being said – but positive change would be better.

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      • He influences a lot of people, Bubba. That’s a good start, hopefully to be followed by your suggestions.

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