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Pope’s envoy in the Dominican Republic is abruptly removed because … oh, you’ve guessed it!

AMIDST “rumours” that Archbishop Josef Wesolowski has been kiddie-fiddling, the Catholic Church has speedily removed their nuncio from the Dominican Republic, and Vatican spokesman, the Rev Federico Lombardi, confirmed that that Church is conducting an investigation.

But he declined to provide any details about the accusations against the Polish-born prelate.

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski

Authorities in the Dominican Republic say they will investigate allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country.

Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito was careful to note that his office is aware only of  “rumours” about the papal nuncio and has not received any accusations.

A nuncio is the pope’s ambassador to a country and such an abrupt removal is rare.

Dominguez told reporters at a news conference that the investigation was in its initial stages and largely in response to media reports of allegations of sexual misconduct by Wesolowski as well as a friend and fellow priest. He said that he had designated a senior official to lead the investigation and coordinate with the Vatican.

We will not allow anyone to use the Catholic Church or other religious institutions as a shield to commit illegal acts, especially against children.

Wesolowski’s sudden departure from the Dominican Republic in recent days has been the cause of feverish speculation in local media. Dominican television network NCDN, citing a statement from the director of a community group, reported that Wesolowski had slept in the same room as several altar boys at his beach house.

Shortly before his removal, several residents of the mountain town of Juncalito made allegations of sexual abuse against the Rev Alberto Gil Wojciech, also a Polish priest and a friend of Wesolowski. The community leader, Pedro Espinal, told reporters that Wojciech took altar boys to the home of Wesolowski.

Wojciech was in Poland on vacation when the allegations surfaced and has not returned to the Dominican Republic.

The fact that the Vatican took such a significant move as to recall him and relieve Wesolowski of his duties indicated that the Vatican, at least, found there was enough weight to the rumours to warrant further investigation.

Pope Frankie has instructed the Vatican to continue its tough line against sexually abusive priests, instructing the head of the Vatican office that handles abuse cases to act “decisively” to protect children, help victims and take the necessary measures to punish the guilty. Inn July he also signed off on legislation criminalising child sex abuse and other sexual crimes — laws that apply to Vatican employees as well as diplomatic staff.

The whereabouts of the 65-year-old Wesolowski were unknown.

Pope Ratzinger had put Wesolowski in the post in 2008. He had previously served as papal nuncio in Kazakhstan, Tadjikistan, Kyrgzstan and Uzbekistan, and before that, Bolivia.

He was ordained a priest in 1972 and entered into the Vatican’s diplomatic service in 1980, serving in Vatican embassies in Africa, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland, India and Denmark, the Catholic news agency Zenit reported when he was named Dominican nuncio in 2008.

In addition to being the Vatican’s ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Wesolowski was also apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico.

Hat tip: Cesar

 

18 Responses to “Pope’s envoy in the Dominican Republic is abruptly removed because … oh, you’ve guessed it!”

  1. sailor1031 says:

    “Pope Frankie has instructed the Vatican to continue its tough line against sexually abusive priests…”

    Getting him out of the Dominican Republic so quickly leads me to believe that Frankie is interested in protecting kiddie-fiddlers not kiddies. Wesolowski can go to the Vatican and join that group of ex-pat RCC clergy who can’t go home again. No chance Frankie will ship him back to DR to face the music if charges are laid.

  2. barriejohn says:

    We will not allow anyone to use the Catholic Church or other religious institutions as a shield to commit illegal acts, especially against children…

    The Dominican attorney general, Francisco Domi­nguez Brito, said his own country’s investigation would take into account national and international law “given his status as a diplomat”.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/vatican-ambassador-dominican-republic-paedophilia

    Anyone else see a contradiction there?

  3. AgentCormac says:

    I suspect the ‘tough new line’ actually refers to the vatican’s PR stance and means enhanced damage limitation from a media perspective, rather than actually assisting secular authorities to prosecute alleged perpetrators of child abuse.

  4. Broga says:

    Pope Frankie is deep in wishful thinking if he imagines that he can stop his priests sexually abusing children. They are so emotionally warped and immersed in a culture of them being above the law that they will continue with their depredations. They have their grandiose titles, fancy hats, flowing robes and role of emissary to God, diplomatic immunity and all of these confirm to them that the are a select group. All Frankie can do is continue to protect them and hide them away. Plus ca change……

  5. Rich says:

    Its a joke. Yet again a sexually repressed old c’nt can pretend he’s so sorry. What do you reckon happens? Shipped off to the vatican, made to say prayers and confess his sins.

    An organisation that is lead by a load of sexually repressed backward thinking biggots, allows you to simply confess your sins and allows its leaders to avoid any criminal convictions is a joke and has to be reigned in.

    If there was a god surely the catholic church is about as far away form it as you can get

  6. Canada Dave says:

    Maybe the clergy within the RC church think that the rules regarding celibacy do not apply to theeir relationships with little alter boys…..as they are not of the opposite sex….as in female.

    Ever wonder why the local police were not involved in this?
    If this was a “non clergy” individual….no one could recall him back to the “main base” ….cause there is no main base for non clergy people….only the clergy paedophiles have the safety of escape to home base before the local authorities can get at them.

    Why was he not left in the Dominican Republic to face justice?
    The answer is ……saving face for mother church….it’s all under the carpet now and the biggest paedophile ring on earth rolls merrily along.

  7. Canada Dave says:

    Just found the answer to my own question….

    “The Dominican attorney general, Francisco Domi­nguez Brito, said his own country’s investigation would take into account national and international law “given his status as a diplomat”.

    Being a diplomat is akin to having a get out of jail free card.

  8. 1859 says:

    Also if the police indeed find the allegations to be true, the ‘nuncio’ (what a pompous title!) is no longer in the country to prosecute.How convenient. Instead he’ll be on his knees saying Hail Mary’s in the safety of the Vatican.

  9. tony e says:

    ‘Pope Frankie has instructed the Vatican to continue its tough line against sexually abusive priests’

    Which, as history has shown, is not even the equivalent of a slap on the wrist.

  10. barfly says:

    Witch came first the rumours about the perv or the exit? I will believe there is a change when the local authorities are called and these creeps are arrested and jailed then the church pays for all the counselling the victim needs. I am not going to hold my breathe.

  11. barriejohn says:

    The Dope’s action is causing outrage. He’s a worthy successor to Bonydick!

    http://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/-/world/18801139/pope-under-fire-over-vatican-envoy-child-sex-probe/

  12. Broga says:

    Frankie has no choice. He cannot be open and honest. He cannot investigate the perverts. There are too manyand the culture of paedophilia has become so ingrained that priests regard satisfying their lusts on children as a perk of the job. His big problem is that he is trying to protect so many paedophiles that his bolt holes are becoming blocked.

    The idea that Frankie is different, decent and more concerned about the victim children than his grisly predecessors has been exposed as a lie: a sick attempt at public relations. He would’ of course, still be welcomed by the UK government and an honoured guest on Thought for the Day. Which tells you all you need to know about their concern for child protection.

    I hear that some move has been made to encourage the first prosecution in the UK against a perpetrator of FGM. We really are a sick country with a corrupt legislation when these 60,000 baby girls have been tortured and mutilated and we look the other way.

  13. carolineredbrook says:

    Accused pedophiles like the Vatican envoy, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. must be apprehended before they have decades to prey upon our children. Their enablers (whether it be the Pope or not) must be held equally responsible as the perpetrators can not continue to operate without the enablers complicity. Sandusky is behind bars. But unfortunately, Sylvain Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France, is now a fugitive from the law and thought to have returned to his native France, a country which has a no-extradition policy. Victims of Child Sexual Abuse often suffer lifelong physical problems as well as the psychological and emotional trauma from their horrifying experiences. Male victims have 3x’s the heart attack risk and 10x’s the suicide rate. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% therefore they and their enablers must be stopped ASAP!

  14. T says:

    The rcc is riddled with the worst kind of people. It attracts misfits and all other kinds of oddball and then corrupts their minds by sexual repression. What other outcome can be expected. So predictable. I expect the true scale of misdeeds and criminality in the rcc is truly shocking. How the mighty and pious are falling.

  15. T says:

    The rcc is riddled with the worst kind of people. It attracts misfits and all other kinds of oddball and then corrupts their minds by sexual repression. What other outcome can be expected. So predictable. I expect the true scale of misdeeds and criminality in the rcc is truly shocking. How the mighty and pious are falling. Islam is worse but at least they openly murder each other and openly murder kaffirs too. Religion really is a curse on humanity.

  16. Prf says:

    Correction for the story: it’s Wojciech Gil, not Gil Wojciech. Gil is his family name.

  17. Broga says:

    Pope Frankie has written to Vlad urging him to oppose strikes at Syria. Frankie is also arranging a day of prayer and fasting. The problem for Frankie is that he has no moral authority. Why pay any attention to his opinions when he is immersed in the paedo scandals. This prayer thing is the most ridiculous nonsense. What evidence ever has there been than their God has responded to their prayers.