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Holy See Court In Vatican City To Try A Papal Authority For Sexual Abuse Of Children

Holy See Court In Vatican City To Try A Papal Authority For Sexual Abuse Of Children

For the first time in the history of Vatican City, the Holy See court is poised to  hold a hearing related to the sexual abuse of a child, the accused involved is a former Church official. This comes in the wake of efforts on the part of the Church to bring such offenders to the book who are a part of the clergy.

His diplomatic immunity being revoked former Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski can face a sentence of 30-35 years in prison. This is a concession from the maximum penalty of a life imprisonment that a Vatican court can pronounce on convicts. The pope finds himself under hose arrest as of now.

The pope finds himself at the vertex of a storm involving cases of child pornography in 2013-2014.  He is also to be tried for the abusing minor children while he was stationed as the ambassador representing the Vatican during 2008-13 in the Dominican Republic. He allegedly paid money to teenage boys for sexual acts.

The pope went through a series of disciplinary punishments till he was defrocked in June 2014. His trial is seen in response to a series of complaints of child sexual abuse done by popes.

Wesolowski’s trial is being seen as an exemplary punishment in the wake of several complaints trickling in over the past years of pedophilia by papal ministers at high ranks. The Vatican has been accused of covering up several such cases in the past.

The interest of the Vatican in taking action against Wesolowski is being seen as the first initiative by Pope Francis against the malaise in the Church since he took to power in 2013.
 

 

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