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The Paris public prosecutor has opened an investigation into charges that the Vatican nuncio to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, repeatedly molested a junior mayoral aide sexually during a speech last month.
The Paris mayor’s office filed a complaint against the 74-year-old prelate on January 24, alleging he had sexually fondled the young man three times during an address by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo to diplomats at the City Hall on January 17.
Proceedings - City - Employee - Touching - Times
“During these proceedings, a city employee was subjected to sexual touching three times, with hands insistently pressed to the buttocks, one time in front of witnesses,” Le Monde reported Friday.
Archbishop Ventura has served as ambassador for 10 years and the allegations come amidst a wave of sexual abuse accusations in the clergy as well as a major book by a French journalist alleging a significant presence of actively gay priests and bishops in the Vatican. The book, titled In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy, asserts that some 80 percent of Vatican prelates are homosexual.
Paris - Prosecutor - Rémy - Heitz - Investigation
The Paris public prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, reportedly opened his judicial investigation the day after the complaint was filed.
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