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Holy See Investigates Nuncio on Charges of Child Sex Abuse

The Vatican and Dominican Republic authorities are jointly investigating allegations of a papal nuncio's grave misconduct.


| Posted 9/5/13 at 10:31 AM


VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has launched an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Joseph Wesolowski, in the wake of accusations of grave sexual misconduct with minors.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi announced on Sept. 4 that the Holy See has also accepted Archbishop Wesolowskiʼs resignation as nuncio.

Speaking to Reuters, Father Lombardi said Archbishop Wesolowski “has been relieved of his duties, and the Holy See has launched an investigation.”

Father Lombardi’s announcement followed statements from the Dominican Republicʼs Attorney General Francisco Dominguez, who said no formal charges have yet been filed against the archbishop.

Dominguez said the investigation is still in its initial phase, and that he has appointed an official to coordinate with the Vatican.

The apostolic aunciature in the Dominican Republic, which also serves Puerto Rico, has not issued any statement, but official records show Archbishop Wesolowski stepped down from his post on Aug. 21.

Father Lombardi also said that the archbishop was relieved of his duties “in the last few weeks,” in the wake of the accusations made against him.

The bishops of the Dominican Republic announced that they would hold a press conference Sept. 5 to discuss the matter.