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Vatican defrocks top archbishop for child sex Tags: Vatican Child moleting Bishops Priestes

Vatican defrocks top archbishop for child sex

Papal diplomat Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski is highest-ranking Vatican official to be found guilty of child-sex abuse.

From AlJazeera – June 27, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/pryhq2g

The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a Roman Catholic Church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defrocked in the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.

The Vatican said on Friday that Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in recent days, and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicisation, meaning he can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.

Wesolowski has two months to appeal. He also faces other charges by the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, since as a papal diplomat he is a citizen of the tiny city state.

The Holy See recalled the Polish-born Wesolowski on August 21, 2013, and relieved him of his job after the archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez, told Pope Francis about rumours that Wesolowski had sexually abused teenage boys in the Dominican Republic.

Dominican authorities subsequently opened an investigation, but have not charged him. Poland, too, opened an investigation into Wesolowski and a friend and fellow Polish priest.

Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official to be investigated for alleged sex abuse, and his case raised questions about whether the Vatican, by removing him from Dominican jurisdiction, was protecting him and placing its own investigations ahead of that of authorities in the Caribbean nation.

The Vatican has never said how Wesolowski responded to the charges and hasn't provided any contact information for his lawyer.

The case is particularly problematic for the Vatican since Wesolowski was a representative of the pope, accused of grave crimes that the Holy See has previously sought to distance itself from by blaming the worldwide sex abuse scandal on wayward priests and their bishops who failed to discipline them, not Vatican officials.

The case has also been delicate because Wesolowski was both ordained a priest and bishop by his Polish countryman and former pope, St John Paul II.

 

Italy's bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported Tags: Vatican Child moleting Bishops Priests

Italy's bishops pass Vatican-backed rule that child molestation does not have to be reported

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THE INDEPENDENT Tuesday 01 April 2014

http://tinyurl.com/ng4bwbr

Tourists walk around St Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
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The rule was passed at a conference on Friday

Italy's bishops have adopted a policy, with backing from the Vatican, that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested.

The Italian Bishops' Conference said the guidelines published on Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican's office that handles sex abuse investigations.

Victims have denounced how bishops systematically covered up abuse by moving priests while keeping prosecutors in the dark.

Only in 2010 did the Vatican instruct bishops to report abuse to police — but only where required by law.

Italian guidelines cite a 1985 treaty between the Vatican and Italy stipulating that clergy aren't obliged to tell magistrates about information obtained through their religious ministry. The guidelines remind bishops, however, they have a ''moral duty“ to contribute to the common good.

Read more: Pope Benedict defrocked two child-molesting priests every two days

The ruling comes less than a week after Pope Francis appointed a former child victim as one of the first members of a new commission to help the Catholic Church put an end to clerical sexual abuse.

A UN report published in March blasted what it called the Vatican's code of silence" around abusive priests.

UN children's rights experts estimate "tens of thousands of children worldwide" have been sexually abused by predatory clerics as a result of moving, rather than reporting, paedophiles.

Speaking to Il Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said at the time: "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility.

"No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked."

Additional reporting by AP

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Vatican plans social media celebration of popes' sainthood
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Vatican plans social media celebration of popes' sainthood

Website, smartphone app and Facebook page being set up for canonisation of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II
 
The Guardian 31 March 2014 http://tinyurl.com/ow3wykc
 
Pope John Paul II in 2004. Photograph: Pier Paolo Cito/AP

The last time a Roman Catholic pontiff was made a saint, television news was in its infancy and the coverage from St Peter's Square was resolutely black, white and grainy.

Sixty years on from the canonisation of Pope Pius X, two of his successors are to follow in his footsteps – and the church is keen to show that, in the sphere of communications at least, it has changed with the times.

People around the world wanting to follow the twin canonisations of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II on 27 April will be able to do so via a multi-faceted "digital platform", said Monsignor Walter Insero on Monday.

As well as a website – which is still under construction and will be available in five languages – there will be a Twitter handle (@2popesaints), smartphone app, Facebook page and YouTube channel. Insero said other social media sites including Instagram and Storify would also be used to communicate the event to young people effectively.

Insero said the importance of media coverage had been illustrated in 2011 when a Costa Rican woman, Floribeth Mora Diaz, watched the beatification of John Paul II on television. Mora, who had been diagnosed with a brain aneurysm, went on to recover and the church declared her case to be the second miracle attributed to the Polish pope, who died in 2005. The first concerned Sister Marie Simon-Pierre, a French nun who staged an astonishing recovery from a 2001 diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

The Vatican is not putting a figure on the number of people it expects to come to Rome for the twin canonisation, but estimates from city officials have reached into the millions.

On Monday the Vatican announced that churches in the centre of the Italian capital would stay open the night before the ceremony for a prayer vigil. However, perhaps in a sign of the current pope's influence, it stressed that the nature of the event was spiritual not extravagant, and that costly side events would be avoided.

"It is essentially a spiritual message because it is a celebration of sainthood," said Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of Rome. "The thread that ties these two pontificates is faith."

In Bergamo, the northern Italian province where John XXIII was born, the church will mark the canonisations with a charity drive. Monsignor Giulio Dellavite said priests would be invited to donate a month's wages to a fund for struggling families.

In Rome, meanwhile, the signs are that local hotel owners are looking on the canonisations more as an opportunity to make money rather than to give it up. The travel website Trivago said last week that the price of an average hotel room for the night of 26 April was up 63% on last year.

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