- Jun 2, 2020
The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men.
One of a half-dozen men who have accused the Vatican’s ambassador to France of groping them is taking his complaint directly to the Vatican after claiming the Holy See had invoked diplomatic immunity in a French criminal probe.
Two more people claim to have been groped or sexually harassed by the papal envoy to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, who is already under fire for three similar charges.
During his homily inaugurating the gathering of papal envoys at the Vatican, Cardinal Parolin presented the “best credentials” for their role. While former nuncio and papal-accuser Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò was not in attendance, he wasn’t being silent.
Pope Francis follows closely the news related to immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, Archbishop Christophe Pierre said in May 30 interview in Pittsburgh.
The apostolic nunciature in Ottawa, Ontario, confirmed Feb. 26 that it received a first complaint of sexual misconduct concerning Archbishop Luigi Ventura, the Vatican’s ambassador to Canada from 2001 to 2009.