Archbishop Wesolowski stored over 100,000 child porn videos in his PC – Umberto Bacchi

Jozef Wesolowski

Umberto Bacchi“Jozef Wesolowski is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican’s tiny jail.” – Umberto Bacchi

Paedophiles and their ecclesiastical enablers.A former Vatican archbishop accused of paedophilia stored tens of thousands of child porn videos and photos on a computer in his office at the Holy See diplomatic compound in the Dominican Republic, it has emerged.

Details of Jozef Wesolowski‘s massive child porn stash have been revealed after the 66-year-old was arrested at the Vatican earlier this week.

He is the highest-ranking Vatican official ever to be investigated for sex abuse, and the first top papal representative to receive a defrocking sentence. He has been charged with sexually abusing minors and child porn possession and might face up to seven years in the Vatican’s tiny jail.

Vatican detectives analysed the PC Wesolowski used in his office in Santo Domingo, where he served as Holy See envoy from 2008 to 2012 as part of an investigation into the alleged sexual abuse of underage boys.

The probe reportedly revealed a collection of horrors. The Polish native held more than 100,000 sexually-explicit files, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Some 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults and more than 86,000 pornographic photos were meticulously archived in several category-based folders, the paper said.

Investigators said that at least another 45,000 pictures were deleted, while a second stash of material was found on a laptop Wesolowski used during his trips abroad.

Santa Marta Square Vatican CityThe former clergyman was placed under house arrest in a pre-trial detention at the Vatican earlier this week. He has been detained in a small room in the basement of the Collegio dei Penitenzieri, a convent located in the same building hosting the Vatican’s court and military police in the famous Santa Marta Square.

Investigators are also probing whether there was a network of people who helped him to set up sexual encounters and if he committed other abuse during his previous posts around the world.

Before arriving in Santo Domingo, Wesolowski served as apostolic nuncio in Bolivia and Central Asia – covering Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Uzbekistan – after holding less prominent roles in Southern African, Costa Rica, Japan, Switzerland, India and Denmark.

He was recalled to Rome last year, after Dominican Republic media alleged he hired “rent boys” and was subsequently banished from the clergy, after a canonical court found him guilty of sex abuse.

His trial is expected to start in January. – International Business Times, 26 September 2014

» Umberto Bacchi is a foreign correspondent at International Business Times UK. He is a law graduate with a Masters in journalism and has a passion for politics and football, especially when they blend in together. Contact him at Email: u.bacchi@ibtimes.co.uk

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  1. The problem of sexual misconduct among bishops and priests was there in the Church right at the beginning.

    In the 1st-2nd century there was a group called the Carpocratians who believed that Jesus and Lazarus were lovers. They had a “gospel” which described the raising of Lazarus from the dead by Jesus as a sexual encounter between the two. The Early Church Father Clement of Alexandria had all their “gospels” collected and destroyed. So we only know about them from his negative references.

    The First Council of Nicaea in 325 AD is described in early accounts as an orgy of sex and violence. The 318 bishops who attended quarrelled over doctrine in the daytime and boys at night. This is the important council where Jesus, up to this point considered to be a human prophet in line with the Hebrew prophets, was raised to the status of a deity by a vote of the bishops—316 for deification, 2 against. The two bishops from Libya who dissented were murdered in their beds.

    Clerical licentiousness got so bad by the 12th century that in 1123 it was decided at the First Lateran Council in Rome that priests must be unmarried and celibate. They were also not allowed to live with their mothers or sisters as they could not be trusted not to rape them.

    This 12th century celibacy rule is a clerical rule, not a doctrinal injunction. Therefore priests have always flouted it with impunity.

    Celibacy, by the way, simply means unmarried in Catholic terminology. It does not mean the priest must maintain sexual countenance.

    There are hundreds of married priests and an equal number of active gay priests. It is a different matter that the Vatican does not acknowledge them or discipline them. At one time Catholic priests in the US had the highest number of HIV-infected members, more than any other group straight or gay.

    As for child abuse, more heterosexual married men with children are abusers than are gay men. Therefore the contention that priests must be allowed to marry to stop the abuse is not true.

    Orthodox (Greek, Russian, Syrian, Coptic, Armenian), Anglican (English Protestant) and Evangelical / Baptist (American Protestant) Churches allow priests to marry. Child abuse is inherent and prevalent in these Churches too, as in the Latin (Roman) Church. Some years ago the Greek monks of a famous Mt. Athos monastery went on strike when they were told they could no longer take male lovers.

    The most famous of recent child abusers was Fr. Marcial Maciel who founded the Legion of Christ. The Legion gave him unlimited access to young men. He had two wives (or mistresses) and was a close confident of Pope John-Paul II. He started his career of sexual abuse on his own sons who have publicly accused and denounced him.

    The irony in all this history of Christian scandal is that sex is a sin in Christian theology and the sexual act itself is to be condemned. Women are to blame of course, as it was Eve who gave Adam the apple that opened his eyes to her beauty and sexual attractiveness in the biblical fairy tale.

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