The Holy See announced on Friday that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Bishop Vilson Dias de Oliveira, leader of the diocese of Limeira, Brazil.
According to Brazilian press sources, Bishop Oliveira covered the sexual abuse of priests in his diocese and was also involved in blackmail.
At the same time, the Holy See announced that the Vatican Court had released Herman Geissler, a member of the Congregation for the Faith. Herman Geissler was accused of sexual harassment: the priest resigned from office in January. The five-member Vatican court found the priest guilty.
According to Alessandro Gisotti’s spokesman, Pope Francis sends Archbishop Charles Scicluna to Poland, a Vatican prosecutor, who leads the investigation of sexual abuse within the Church. Archbishop Scicluna has now begun investigating cases in the Diocese of Warsaw, following a Polish documentary film that was seen by some 17 million people on community video sharing sites in a few days.
The Holy See spokesman said that Pope Francis expressed his closeness to the Poles through the apostolic nuncio in Poland.
On 9 May, the head of the church issued an apostolic ordinance on the protection of minors motu proprio (on his own initiative), precisely defining the duties of the dioceses in case of suspicion of sexual abuse.