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The first stage in the canonical trial against the former apostolic
nuncio in the Dominican Republic, Josef Wesolowski, has been concluded
with the laicisation of the prelate.
this moment, the accused has two months in which to make an eventual
appeal. The penal trial before the Vatican judicial authorities will
continue as soon as the canonical sentence has been made definitive.
with reference to recent media reports, it is necessary to specify that
until now Msgr. Wesolowski has been granted relative freedom of
movement, as he awaits the verification by the Congregation of the
Doctrine of the Faith of the basis of these accusations made against
Considering the sentence passed
by the aforementioned dicastery, all the necessary procedures will be
adopted in relation to the former nuncio, in conformity with the gravity
of the case.
A priest in north central Mexico has been stripped of his
position by the Vatican and faces criminal charges in connection with
alleged sexual abuse of a teenage boy.
The case marks the first time the Catholic Church in Mexico has turned a priest in to authorities.
The move follows instructions from Pope Francis for the Catholic
Church to better protect children and take a hard line with priests
accused of sexual offenses.
Father Eduardo Cordova Bautista, a priest in the Archdiocese of San
Luis Potosi, was ordered in late April by the Vatican to face charges
for allegedly abusing a 16-year-old boy in 2012. The actions were
implemented in late May. His whereabouts were unknown, however.
"This is simply acting on a petition of the pope and what he's
asking: that we collaborate completely with the judicial system," said
Armando Martinez Gomez, president of the College of Catholic Lawyers of
Martinez told Desde la Fe, the Mexico City archdiocesan
newspaper, that the church officials in San Luis Potosi opened an
investigation in 2012, turned information over to the Vatican in January
2014, and received a response this past April.
The case of Cordova created a scandal in Mexico after journalist
Sanjuana Martinez reported earlier in May that dozens of youth were
allegedly abused by the priest over the past 25 years as he worked in
Catholic institutions serving young people.
Alberto Athie, a former priest and an early accuser of the disgraced
Father Maciel Marcial Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ,
said there may be as many as 100 victims, Diario de San Luis reported.
The actions taken against Cordova mark a change in Mexico, where
cases of clerical abuse have often languished while dioceses have been
slow to act.
"What I know is this is the first time in which there was a canonic
procedure and a public complaint. This is not something to be proud of,"
Armando Martinez Gomez told Desde la Fe.
"These news stories are always sad, but they have to be an example
that the church does not tolerate nor will it tolerate this type of
conduct, much less when it is has now been proven, in this case, by an
Ecclesiastical Tribunal," he said.