#AceWorldNews – ROME (Vatican City) – June 27 – The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse, AP reported.
Monsignor Jozef Wesolowski was also defrocked on Friday, in the first such sentence handed down against a top papal representative.
Wesolowski was found guilty by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and sentenced to the harshest penalty possible against a cleric: laicization.
He can no longer perform priestly duties or present himself as a priest.
The ex-ambassador, who also faces other charges from the criminal tribunal of Vatican City, can appeal.
(MSN) – 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.