Sunday, January 12, 2014

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski's Extradition Declined

The true test of a religion is not in its words, but in its actions. Despite talking a good line with regard to change, the Pope and the Vatican had an opportunity to do something meaningful, something that would show they understand our outrage, and they declined help. What does this tell us? The Vatican is the same old big-business religion that it was before. Nothing meaningful has changed.

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski will not be extradited to his native Poland, despite accusations of sex abuse there and in the Dominican Republic, where he served as papal nuncio until his August 2013 dismissal.

The Warsaw Office of the Prosecutor reported the the Vatican had tersely replied to their extradition request, saying that "Archbishop Wesolowski is a citizen of the Vatican, and Vatican law does not allow for his extradition," according to Catholic Culture.

Source: Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski's Extradition Declined: Former Papal Nuncio Accused Of Sex Abuse Remains In Vatican

It would appear that the law is getting in the way of justice. If so, then a meaningful action is to change the law. I don’t see that happening though. Instead, I see the Vatican hiding the highest ranking Vatican official to be investigated for sex abuse. It’s us versus them, and people forget that the Vatican is a sovereign entity. Perhaps its time that privilege ends as well.