Two priests are going on trial at the Vatican’s Criminal Tribunal this week, one of whom accused them of sexual misconduct with an altar boy working at People’s Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the other accused of covering it up is.
ROME – Two priests are going on trial this week at the Vatican’s Criminal Tribunal, one of which accused them of sexual misconduct with an altar boy serving People Muscles at St. Peter’s Basilica, and the other accused of covering it up.
The Sacred View was confirmed Monday by the press office, the first known time the Vatican has been criminally prosecuted in a case of sexual misconduct that allegedly took place within its walls.
The case concerns the closed world of the St. Pius X young madrasa, a palazzo inside the Vatican walls across the street from where Francis lives. The madrasa serves as the abode of about a dozen boys, aged 12 to 18, who serve as altar boys in the papular mass.
A lifetime seminar, Rev. Gabriel Martelli, is accused of molesting a small seminar when he himself was a senior altar boy at St. Pius X. The Rev. Enrico Redis was the rector of the madrasa at the time, and he has been charged. Supporting crime and ending it.
Neither Martelli nor Redis have publicly responded to the allegations. The Ordinary, Don Don Folchi, in the order running the seminary, stated that the allegations were “slushy” and “sober”, although the Diocese of Como where both men are now priests removed them from the ministry and a case with minors is pending.
The scandal is particularly serious as allegations of abuse were known since at least 2012 but were covered for years by the Vatican and the Como’s Diocese, until they were released in 2017 by Italian journalists Gaetano Pecoraro and Jianluigi Nuzzi Were not exposed.
They relied on the eyewitness testimony of the victim’s roommate, Kamil Jarzembowski, who was expelled from the madrasa in 2012 after reporting the abuse in private to church officials.
Jarzembowski has stated that he saw his roommate repeatedly molested by Martinlee at night when Martelli entered his dorm room. He has said that the molestation started when the two were minors and Martinelli continued even after she turned 18.
Speaking on Monday for the Associated Press, Jarzembowski said he hoped justice would eventually be served.
He said, “I hope it will be justified before impartial judges.” I want to go to the tribunal and look them in the eye.
Jarzembowski has been called as a witness for the prosecution.
Usually if it investigates sexual abuse, the Catholic Church prosecutes the accused in accordance with canon law, the church’s in-house legal system, which may impose a maximum penalty of defense.
In this case, because the alleged crimes have occurred within the boundaries of Vatican City, the city’s state criminal prosecutors also have jurisdiction and decided to indict both priests and bring the case to trial.
The first hearing is expected to be largely technical in nature on Thursday. The Vatican is allowing two reporters to participate in a small pool due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Diocese of Como, which began after Martinlee was exonerated of charges as a priest, now insists that it banned his ministry in 2017 after “new elements” emerged. The diocese says it was committed to finding the truth, even recognizing potential delays. Committed in the past. ”
A series of bishops, including Archery Cardinal Angelo Comastri of St. Peter’s Basilica, said they investigated the allegations, but none interviewed Jarzembowski’s roommate.
The case pertains to a conflict of interest vested in canon law and order and a refusal to notify the police of misconduct when the church refuses. Bishops are tasked with investigating allegations of misconduct, but they also invest time and money to train accused priests and are required to fill mass schedules and perform rustic work.