A Vatican diplomat in Washington has been recalled to Rome after the US state department said the priest may have violated laws related to child abuse images.
The Vatican said an investigation had been opened and the church was seeking “international collaboration to obtain elements relative to the case”, and it would be handled confidentially on a preliminary basis. It said the priest had already returned to Vatican City.
The US state department notified the Holy See last month of a possible violation of laws. US prosecutors said they wanted the Vatican to voluntarily lift the official’s diplomatic immunity so that he could face charges, according to several reports, but the Vatican refused. The request was made on 21 August. Read more