Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (CNN) - Prosecutors began a criminal investigation Wednesday into the Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, a day after a local church representative said the pope had recalled the envoy because of child abuse allegations.
"We have formally opened an investigation," Dominican Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito told reporters.
"Here we have to work with two legal aspects, first national laws and also international laws in his status as a diplomat, which implies other mechanisms of investigation and judgment."
The Vatican confirmed Wednesday that Jozef Wesolowski had been removed from his post and that an investigation is under way but did not say what allegations were made.
Wesolowski had been an apostolic nuncio, the Vatican's official representative in the Dominican Republic.
But the pope pulled him from the post last month after an internal church report connected him with child abuse and pedophilia, according to Monsignor Agripino Nunez Collado, the rector of a Catholic university and spokesman for the church in the country.
Crimes against children are the lowest of the low.
This priest is supposed to be celibate and yet he breaks the vow of celibacy with a child!
He will burn eternally for this transgression.
Jesus said, "One who harms a child should row a boat out in the middle of the lake, put a millstone around his neck and dive off the boat."
In other words...you are going down fast.
Jesus had no forgiveness for child abuse.
Heed the lessen pedophiles...YOU are doomed!
While I agree with the sentiment that these are serious crimes, we don't yet have enough information to know if this man is guilty. Each case needs to stand on its own.
Ah, this is more like it.
Confession: I haven’t read all these comments, but has anyone noted that this accused man is not necessarily a priest? Has anyone looked at this as just a ‘smoke screen’ to make it appear that the Pope is really going to do something about the pedophile priests? The Papacy can afford to lose an ambassador; they are easily replaced, but not a priest. I trust this Pope about as much as I would trust a hungry loin.
He may have made a mistake but it is a funny one! I run from hungry loins too. Especially on priests.
I tried find out if he was a priest yesterday, but nothing was readily available. I didn't have time for a more thorough search. You make a great point though. If he's not, he'll make a convenient scapegoat.
I just saw him referred to as a monsignor, so he is a priest.
the pope called his ambassador (of touchy-feely) was called back to the vatican to get an award. if you molest 100 kids, male or female, you get a a fancy restraint kit to make future molestations easier. at 500 kids, you get a molester van, the kind with no windows in the back. at 1000 molestations, you get to spend a night in the pope's "harem" - a collection of boys from around the world - think 'it's a small world' from disneyland, but the children have no pants on.
looks like a pants-off dance off at the vatican!
I know because I molest more than anyone else.
Stealing and bearing false witness for Jeebus again?
nope decided to try honesty and see who would get su cked in.
How old are you lil doobs?
Yes, yes, I see.
I can be any age I choose, just like you can be any name you choose.
Fantastic be a child then the younger the better and get together with bad ole uncle boots
The horror of pedophilia committed by religious leaders has exposed the rotting underbellies of all religion. Time for everyone who still believes to chuck their beliefs in gods, heaven, hell, resurrections, saints, angels and satans.
Let's not jump to conclusions. Accused is not convicted.
After all, many times people have argued that morality comes from religious faith. Since this is clearly a holy man, he certainly has good moral character.
It's not like the RCC has been abusing children all over the world and covering up those crimes for generations or anything.... nevermind.
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