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Vatican defrocks former papal envoy accused of child sex abuse
Vatican defrocks former papal envoy accused of child sex abuse

The former Vatican ambassador to the Dominican Republic, accused of having sexually abused boys in Santo Domingo, has been defrocked by a Vatican tribunal, Catholic Church officials here said Friday. Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski of Poland was convicted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the church’s doctrinal watchdog — and ordered ejected from the Roman Catholic Church. As a Vatican citizen, he could  face trial by the Vatican’s criminal court and be sentenced to prison. In its statement, the Vatican did not specify the crime for which Wesolowski was defrocked. Allegations that he paid for sex with minors in the Dominican Republic have been...

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