Vatican Promoter of Justice Gian Piero Milano announced in a 50-page report on Vatican crime released on Saturday two instances of possession of child pornography being uncovered within Vatican walls.
Of the two individuals who work and or live in the Vatican and were found in possession of child pornography, only one has been named: former archbishop Josef Wesolowski.
Wesolowski was arrested last September for allegedly paying to have sex with boys during his tenure as papal ambassador in the Dominican Republic. The other individual busted for possession of child pornography remains unidentified.
After years of coming under fire worldwide for sexual crimes and cover up scandals allegedly committed by priests, Pope Francis, has publicly espoused a zero-tolerance policy for pedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Pope Francis has established a 16-member child protection commission to that end, encouraging clergy to speak out against sex crimes, regardless of fear or concerns for appearances. Pope Francis acknowledges that these efforts to cover up wrongdoings damage trust in the church.
“There is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors,” Pope Francis stated in a letter. “Families need to know that the church is making every effort to protect their children. They should also know that they have every right to turn to the church with full confidence.”
In addition to the two individuals charged with possession of child pornography, the Vatican report detailed other crimes uncovered in the Vatican in 2014, including money laundering, drug trafficking and intercepted drug packages. One such package intercepted last year contained condoms filled with cocaine.
In spite of the revelations detailed in the Vatican justice report and Pope Francis’ tough stance, only six people were arrested and imprisoned in the Vatican last year; two of these were protestors.