Archbishop Ventura Sentenced to Eight Months’ Probation
December 16, 2020
Archbishop Luigi Ventura, 76 years old, who had served as Apostolic Nuncio to France from 2009 to 2019, was sentenced to an eight-month suspended prison sentence for sexual harassment of several men. The prelate will also have to pay ˆ13,000 to the victims, as well as ˆ9,000 in legal fees.
The former Nuncio has consistently denied the accusations. The Holy See waived jurisdictional immunity, which Abp Ventura could have claimed under the terms of the Vienna Convention of 18 April 1961 on diplomatic relations. The decision to waive immunity was intended to express the Nuncio’s willingness to cooperate fully and spontaneously with the French judicial authorities.