An autopsy revealed the ex-papal nuncio, laicized former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, awaiting trial on charges including the sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, the Vatican said.
NCR Today: Josh McElwee, NCR Vatican correspondent, gave a live interview Aug. 28 to BBC world service's Newshour on former archbishop Jozef Wesolowski. Listen to it here.
The Vatican also indicted Jozef Wesolowski on charges of serious psychological distress and harm to adolescent sexual abuse victims and repeated use of online pornography.
The former papal ambassador to the Dominican Republic will stand trial next month at the Vatican with possible "international legal cooperation."
Updated: U.S. Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis resigned this morning, along with his auxiliary, Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piché.
The Polish bishops' conference defended its handling of sexual abuse by clergy after a former priest was jailed in connection with the case of Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized former nuncio to the Dominican Republic.
"The Catholic Church is the only entity in Poland to have adopted guidelines on pedophilia," Fr. Jozef Kloch, conference spokesman, told Catholic News Service.
Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
We say: The Vatican under Francis is acting. This is progress and portends of more action. This is something to applaud.
The Vatican has placed former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.