A former ambassador from the Vatican to the Dominican Republicd, the highest official to be charged with sexually abusing young boys, was found dead on Friday.
Jozef Wesolowski, 67, a Polish archbishop was awaiting trial when he was found dead around 5 am in a Vatican room where he had been under modified house arrest for several months.
The Vatican press office issued a a statement in which they claimed that Wesolowski’s death “was from natural causes.” An autopsy was conducted on Friday. Results will not be know for some time.
The New Yok Times reported on the accusations against Wesolowski:
Vatican prosecutors had accused Mr. Wesolowski of sexually abusing children in theDominican Republic, where he worked from 2008 to 2013 as the Vatican’s ambassador. They said that he picked up poor boys on the waterfront, paid them for sexual acts and took pornographic photographs of them.
Already defrocked under canon law in 2014, Mr. Wesolowski was facing a prison sentence of up to eight years if found guilty.
The case of Mr. Wesolowski caused an international controversy when it became known that the Vatican, upon learning of the allegations, had spirited him out of the country before he could be investigated by local authorities, and then invoked diplomatic immunity so that he could not face trial in the Dominican Republic.
Then the Vatican decided to try him at home. His trial, which began on July 11, would have been the first case of sexual abuse argued out in a Vatican tribunal, and it became emblematic of Pope Francis’ proactive approach to dealing with the child sexual abuse accusations that have plagued the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades.
At the first hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes, the Vatican’s chief prosecutor, Gian Piero Milano, argued that Mr. Wesolowski had caused serious psychological distress and harm to the youths, said to be ages 13 to 16.
He was also accused of having offended “Christian morality” by repeatedly logging onto pornographic sites involving minors in the Dominican Republic and Vatican City.
The trial was unexpectedly adjourned that same day because Mr. Wesolowski had been admitted to an intensive care unit in an Italian hospital for an “unexpected illness” the day before. No new date had been set for its resumption.
Barbara Dorris, of the abuse survivors’ network Snap, told the BBC that the Vatican should have handed over Wesolowski to “secular authorities.”
Had they done so, she said, “he might have already been tried, convicted and imprisoned. And more truth about wrongdoers in his case might have surfaced.”
Clearly, the death of Wesoloski allows the Roman Church to allow let this entire matter now go by the wayside.
However, part of the problem that exists in the Roman Catholic Church is the entire pitch of priests being celibate. Sure, there are gifts of celibacy that God gives to certain people, but what people often don’t understand is that the Scriptures warn about those who forbid to marry (1 Timothy 4:3).
This vow of celibacy in order to be a priest among those who do not have such a gift celibacy only builds up their desires either for women (such as many of the Popes during history) or if they are bent towards sodomy, little boys. However, what no one wants to talk about is the fact that this is not only an issue of pedophilia, but an issue of sodomy. The vast majority of children molested by Roman Catholic priests are young boys, not young girls, and it seems to me that this is one of the biggest issue for Rome.
The Roman Church’s history of sexual corruption is long and undistinguished and was documented by former Jesuit priest Malachi Martin in his book The Decline and Fall of the Roman Church.
Not only has the Roman Catholic Church itself apostatized from the true Gospel of the Scriptures (Council of Trent), but many within their hierarchy have been turned over to a reprobate mind to engage in sodomite behavior, even with the little ones that the Lord Jesus warned not to cause to stumble (Matt. 18:6).
No doubt, Wesolowski was just one in a long line of those who surrendered to his own desires and chose not to honor God as God. Sadly, it is the children that suffer when these things are not dealt with in a biblical manner.
Finally, lest you think I’m just going after the RCC, the reality is that those who engage in this behavior among Protestant Christians is just as sinful and just as vile.
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