By now you will have heard that Jozef Wesolowski, an Archbishop and the former Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, has been laicized. It is not known exactly where he is at the moment, I believe.
When the Holy See heard of the charges against Wesolowski, he was pulled out of the Dominican Republic back to Rome. Of course that started up the cliché mill that the Vatican was protecting a pedophile, blah blah. Not so. They were doing what any sovereign state’s government would do to a errant diplomat with immunity from prosecution: they recalled him and then they prosecuted him.
First, the CDF got hold of Wesolowski. They examined the charged and found them credible. Since what Wesolowski did was a horrible sin and crime by the Church’s law, he was laicized. Harming minors is a grave delict. He got what was coming to him as a cleric.
Now that the CDF has moved against Wesolowski, and laicized him, the only recourse that he has would be back to the CDF itself. The members of the Congregation, meeting on one of their Wednesday dates called a Feria Quarta, would consider an eventual appeal. I doubt Wesolowski will make one, since they nailed him dead on. After that, only the Pope himself could hear an appeal, but you can bet that with something like this, involving a Nuncio and diplomatic immunity, etc., the CDF didn’t sneeze without the Holy Father’s being brought up to speed.
So, now that Wesolowski has been laicized he is fired from his position, he no longer would have diplomatic immunity from prosecution in the Dominican Republic, and he will surely lose any pension that he might have had.
Now he will get what is coming to him simply considered as a man, rather than also as a cleric.
Wesolowski is now, since he was a diplomat, a citizen of the Vatican City State. He is now subject to criminal prosecution under the Vatican’s own judicial system. This is not the same as the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church. This is not the same as the special law that the CDF would lay down. This is the Vatican City State’s own penal law and criminal justice system. Wesolowski could be incarcerated, as Benedict XVI’s traitorous butler was, tried in a trial, and then sentenced to jail time. Long term sentences are taken care of, for the Vatican, by Italian authorities.
Could Wesolowski be extradited by the Dominican Republic? I suppose so, but I don’t know what sort of agreement the two states have.
And former Father Greg Reynolds is still excommunicated.