Starting on Monday, the Pope’s office will begin trying two suspected pedophile priests against who it says there are indications that they committed offenses within the walls of the Vatican.
The procedures, called Preemptive Presentation of Evidence of Abuse of power or of an Abuse of Faith for example, are sometimes deemed necessary by bishops when they come across evidence of abuse within their dioceses, but rarely, if ever, they are used to bring against suspected abusers inside a diocese themselves.
The first trial is taking place in the Vatican’s Holy See tribunals, according to the Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke.
The two prelate were both in their 30s and accused of abusing boys in their home diocese of Pozzuoli, in the Liguria region of Italy. During the first investigation, a priest entered their house and found the priest allegedly abusing the boys. Church records later revealed that the priest admitted in 1981 to having abused boys and had resigned from his parish, according to the Vatican.
The Archdiocese of Pozzuoli called the Father a sick man, who became an altar boy who sexually abused his victims from childhood.
This is not the first time the Vatican has tried a priest accused of abuse, or a bishop who would not go public with it.
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