WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish authorities have asked the Dominican Republic for details of its child sex abuse investigation into two Polish priests, one of whom was the Vatican envoy to the Caribbean country, officials said Wednesday.
The case of the envoy is likely to test the Vatican's readiness to take legal responsibility in the face of charges directed at one from among its ranks. The Holy See has recalled the envoy, Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, and relieved him of his mission as apostolic nuncio. It said it was cooperating with the Dominican investigators but remains tightlipped about Wesolowski's whereabouts.
Poland's prosecutor general has written to Dominican officials, asking for details of their inquiry and whether it revealed any possible wrongdoing here, a spokesman for prosecutors, Mateusz Martyniuk, said. Without such information, Poland can't start an investigation of its own, he said.
Dominican authorities haven't asked for any assistance from Poland for their investigation into the papal envoy and the Rev. Wojciech Gil, 36.
Dominican Attorney General Francisco Dominguez Brito said on TVN24 that "no wrongdoing will go unpunished."
Gil was in Poland on vacation when the allegations surfaced and hasn't returned to the Dominican Republic, even though his superior has instructed him to face Dominican justice system, the Rev. Aleksander Ogrodnik, who is in the same convent with Gil, told The Associated Press. Gil's whereabouts were unknown to the convent, Ogrodnik said.
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