The news is out: [Pope Francis’s former envoy to France went on trial in Paris on Tuesday for sexual assault following accusations he groped five men during public ceremonies.
Luigi Ventura, a 75-year-old Italian archbishop, was not in court for the proceedings.
Ventura’s lawyer Solange Doumic said his doctor had advised him against travelling from Italy to France due to the health risks posed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The allegations against Ventura caused deep embarrassment for the Vatican when they surfaced in February 2019, coming amid a slew of revelations about clerical sex abuse that have rocked the Catholic Church.
He was stripped of his diplomatic immunity in July 2019 so that he could be put on trial — a first for a Vatican envoy.
Paris city hall first reported the cleric to police after an official from its international relations team accused Ventura of touching his buttocks three times during a New Year’s ceremony in January 2019.
Mathieu de la Souchere told the court Ventura got out of his car and while walking next to him, “touched” his buttocks telling him he was “very handsome.” Then in the lift he “fondled” him again.
“Very ill at ease,” he left the room where Ventura was waiting for the Paris mayor and told colleagues what had happened.
But Ventura followed him and made the same gesture again, in front of witnesses, he said.]
These pedophiles will not to stop until they are brought to justice. And they have plenty of accomplices.