Autopsy finds former nuncio charged with abuse died of heart attack - Catholic Courier

Autopsy finds former nuncio charged with abuse died of heart attack

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — An autopsy revealed the ex-papalnuncio, who was awaiting a Vatican trial on charges including the sexual abuseof minors, died of a heart attack, the Vatican said.

The laicized former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, died of natural causes, specifically, "acute myocardial infarction," and "other external factors" were ruled out, the Vatican said in a communiqueDec. 18.

Vatican magistrates had postponed a criminal trial againstthe former nuncio in July due to the defendant’s ill health. The proceedingshad been adjourned until an unspecified future date because the defendant hadbeen sent to an intensive care unit in a public hospital in Rome afterexperiencing a "sudden illness" the afternoon of July 10 — the daybefore he was scheduled to appear at the trial’s opening session.

The 67-year-old Polish national, who also had Vatican CityState citizenship, died in a Vatican residence Aug. 27.

While initial autopsy results released in August said he diedof a "cardiac incident," the Vatican City’s promoter of justice appointeda forensics team to conduct an investigation that followed internationallyrecognized protocols, the Vatican communique said.

The coroners handed their final report detailing their chemical and toxicology tests to the Vatican Citycourt Dec. 14. The report"definitively confirmed" the initial postmortem exam that "thedeath was attributable to a natural event" of cardiac arrest.

Vatican prosecutors had formally indicted Wesolowski on fivecharges, including the sexual abuse of minors in the Dominican Republic andpossession of child pornography.

Vatican magistrates also charged him with causing serious psychologicaldistress and harm to adolescent victims of sexual abuse and for offendingreligious and Christian morals with his repeated use of online pornographyabroad and on Vatican City State property.

Wesolowski was dismissed from the clerical state inJune 2014 after an investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of theFaith.

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