Vatican City, Jul 19, 2004 / 22:00 pm
The Vatican Press Office announced this Tuesday that Pope John Paul II has appointed an apostolic visitator to probe the sex scandal that has rocked the seminary of St Poelten in Austria.
The brief statement said the Pope had named Bishop Klaus Kung of the Austrian city of Feldkirch to look into the problems of the Austrian diocese of St Poelten and “in particular” the seminary.
Austria was shocked after a national magazine revealed that police investigators have found child pornography in the seminary computers. The magazine also ran pictures of priests kissing students.
Austrian prosecutors said on Monday that they found child pornography on the seminary's main computer and on one owned by a 27-year-old seminarian from Poland, who could be jailed for up to two years if convicted.