Vatican admits child pornography exists within its own walls: A report issued by Gian Piero Milano, whose official title is Promoter of Justice, reveals child pornography has been found at the Vatican.
Piero reported the news of child pornograpy found at the Vatican in a 50-page report read to Vatican officials at a ceremony marking the start of the city-state’s judicial year.
The news will be of little surprise to informed readers, given the long-running pedophilia scandal that continues to sully the reputation of the Catholic Church.
According to Piero’s report, at least two cases of child pornography possession were uncovered within the walls of the Vatican last year, along with numerous other crimes in the city state.
Milano stopped short of naming those accused of possessing child pornography. However, Holy See spokesman Federico Lombardi did identify Archbishop Josef Wesolowski as one of the people facing charges.
Last fall reports circulated that more than 100,000 child porn videos and photos were found on the computer of former Archbishop Wesolowski, who is also accused of raping numerous children in the Dominican Republic and Poland.
Wesolowski, currently under house arrest at the Vatican, is one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of sexually abusing children during the Catholic Church’s widespread and costly sexual abuse scandal.
According to Vatican detectives, some of the horrors found on the former Archbishop’s computer included around 160 videos showing teenage boys forced to perform sexual acts on themselves and on adults, and more than 86,000 pornographic photos which were methodically archived in several category-based folders.
Investigators said that at least another 45,000 pictures were deleted, while even more child pornography was found on a laptop Wesolowski used during his trips abroad.
Weslowski was placed under house arrest at the Vatican in response to popular outrage after reports began to circulate that the accused child rapist was free to wander the streets of Rome nearly a year after being secretly recalled from the Dominican Republic by the Vatican in order to avoid criminal prosecution there.
(Portions of this post were previously published here.)