Former Vatican envoy placed under house arrest

CNN Belief Blog

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor

(CNN) — The Vatican announced on Tuesday that it has placed a former ambassador under house arrest while he faces charges for “serious acts of abuse of minors.”

Jozef Wesolowski is accused of molesting young boys during his stint as the pope’s official representative in the Dominican Republican. Wesolowkski had been appointed to the post in 2008 by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

The former envoy, who was defrocked by the Vatican in June, is one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of abusing children during the Catholic Church’s widespread and costly sexual abuse scandal. It is the first time a top Vatican ambassador has faced such charges.

Wesolowksi’s arrest, the Vatican said Tuesday, “is a result of the express desire of the Pope, so that a case so serious and delicate would be addressed without delay.”

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