The Vatican is investigating a former teenage altar boy who become a priest, although he was reported for allegedly repeatedly forced a dormitory mate to have sex with him.
All happened in the St. Pius X Institute in the pre-seminary residence inside the Vatican. In the sovereign city-state surrounded by Rome is a living place for altar boys who serve at masses in St. Peter’s Basilica mostly presided over by priests, bishops and cardinals. The teenagers go to Italian schools while they live in the Vatican and participate also in papal liturgies.
The allegations were made in a recent book and in Italian television reports.
The reports said that despite complaints to superiors against the teenager, the former altar boy was accepted into what is known as a major seminary when he became an adult. He was later ordained a priest and is now serving in a parish in northern Italy.
The Vatican statement said, "an initial investigation in 2013 had resulted in no adequate confirmation, but a new investigation had been opened to try to shed “full light on what really happened”.
Time to time deferent priests around the Catholic world are charged with multiple sexual assault offenses. But they always denied all charges and when they appeared in the Magistrates' Courts they entered a plea of not guilty.