The Vatican’s former ambassador to France goes on trial Tuesday for alleged sexual misconduct.
A number of males have accused Archbishop Luigi Ventura of groping and inappropriate touching. Exceptionally, the Vatican final yr lifted the ambassador’s diplomatic immunity, permitting for his trial and for the allegations to be correctly investigated.
Ventura has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.
Amongst his accusers is Mathieu De La Souchere. He filed a police report in Paris in 2019 accusing Ventura of touching his buttocks repeatedly throughout a reception at Paris Metropolis Corridor.
The Vatican recalled Ventura final yr and he later retired. The Vatican has beforehand recalled its diplomats after they get into hassle throughout abroad postings, as is frequent for governments with diplomats serving overseas.
In probably the most high-profile case, the Vatican recalled its ambassador to the Dominican Republic and ready to place him on trial within the metropolis state’s prison tribunal for allegedly sexually abusing younger boys. However he died earlier than the trial began.
Ventura’s trial comes the identical day that the Vatican is releasing a much-awaited report into Theodore McCarrick, a once-influential American cardinal who was defrocked by Pope Francis in 2019 after a Vatican investigation confirmed a long time of rumours that he was a sexual predator.