VATICAN CITY – The Dominican Republic's top prosecutor has praised the Holy See's handling of the sexual abuse case against its former ambassador to the Caribbean country and acknowledged that the Vatican is the right place to prosecute him.
Prosecutor Francisco Dominquez Brito met Tuesday with the Vatican's chief prosecutor, Jean Pierre Milano, and the deputy secretary of state, Monsignor Angelo Becciu, to discuss the case against Josef Wesolowski.
The Holy See recalled Wesolowski last year after rumors surfaced that he had sexually abused teenage boys. Dominican prosecutors say he allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate. Wesolowski has been defrocked and placed under house arrest pending a decision on whether to indict.
Dominguez Brito expressed his "appreciation and satisfaction" with the Vatican's actions, and noted that under international law the Vatican has jurisdiction.