Vatican defrocks senior Polish cleric guilty of paedophilia

The Voice of Russia

A senior Polish cleric has been found guilty of child sex abuse by a disciplinary panel of the Catholic Church and has been defrocked, the Vatican announced.

Archbishop Josef Wesolowski, 65, was removed in August from his post as Holy See ambassador to the Dominican Republic after allegations surfaced in the media of child sexual abuse, dpa reports.

After an investigation into the matter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s disciplinary watchdog, convicted him and deemed him no longer fit to serve as a priest, a statement said.

Wesolowski has two months to file an appeal against that decision.

Until then, “all the actions that are commensurate to the seriousness of the case” will be taken against the archbishop, the Vatican said, in remarks that were seen as hinting at the possibility of an arrest.

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