Pope Under Fire Over Vatican Envoy Child Sex Probe

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis came under fire from victims groups on Thursday following news that he had quietly sacked the Vatican's envoy to the Dominican Republic over allegations of paedophilia.

"Like all of his predecessors, Pope Francis is acting belatedly, secretively and recklessly," said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

"Catholic officials act only when forced to do so by media pressure," she said in a statement received by AFP.

"When they do act, they act secretively -- in this case, by not disclosing the allegations, the suspension or the reason for the suspension."

On August 21 Monsignor Josef Wesolowski, the papal nuncio in Santo Domingo, was sacked without...

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  • Philomena Carolan
    commented 2013-09-08 15:12:06 -0500
    Now, let’s hope that other countries are caught out with is hiding and innocent priests and victims have help.
  • Constance Taylor
    commented 2013-09-05 19:59:10 -0500
    Thank you SNAP for keeping us informed of progress insofar as the importance of protecting our boys and girls—or the lack thereof! We parents pray for good news!!
  • @ tweeted this page. 2013-09-05 09:03:01 -0500
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