Progress in pedophile priest investigations
Assistant prosecutor Bolivar Sanchez, who is leading the investigation into the pedophilia accusations against former Vatican ambassador in the Dominican Republic Jozef Wesolowski from Poland told El Caribe that three more minors were questioned in connection with the case yesterday, Tuesday 10 September. He said that the victims include two 13-year olds and one 18-year old. “The one who is 18 first met him four years ago, meaning that he has been involved in this for around five years, this is all so unfortunate,” said Sanchez. The victims are being offered psychological treatment, he said. Sanchez said that the boys’ statements are very coherent. “The investigation is going well and we are taking the required steps but we cannot give any details. In due course we will provide all the necessary information because no one is going to hide anything,” he said, as reported in El Caribe. Wesolowski is the most prominent of the priests facing pedophilia accusations in the Dominican Republic. He was appointed papal nuncio in January 2009.
Investigative journalist Nuria Piera recently revealed that the abandoned area of the Montesinos Monument in Santo Domingo was popular with pedophiles. Sanchez confirmed this. “There are people who come to this place from abroad acting on recommendations that they can find poor and vulnerable children there,” he told El Caribe.
As reported in El Caribe, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez confirmed last night, Tuesday 10 September that he had told the Vatican about the former nuncio’s alleged misconduct. According to reports, the Cardinal was privy to some confidential information but did not have proof and he reported this to Pope Francis. The former nuncio could be tried at the Paulina de la Fe Congregation Court in Rome, the Church’s competent authority for cases of child abuse.
Meanwhile, El Caribe reports that the Court of Appeals declared Catholic Polish priest Wojciech Gil (Father Alberto) a fugitive of justice. He served as the parish priest for Juncalito in Santiago for around eight years. He is accused of sexual abuse against around 12 minors who served as altar boys in the church. The priest was due to return to the country on 28 May after traveling to his native Poland, but he did not return.
Source: DR1, Elcaribe.com
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