The timing of this discussion is quite apt. The media have just this evening reported this about Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, from Poland:
The Vatican is to put its former envoy to the Dominican Republic, Jozef Wesolowski, on trial on child sex abuse and child pornography charges.Pope Francis has also accepted the resignations of a US archbishop and his deputy, accused in Minnesota of having ignored a priest's child abuse.
Jozef Wesolowski is accused of sexually abusing children in the Dominican Republic from 2008 to 2013. He is under house arrest in the Vatican.
The trial is to begin on 11 July.Wesolowski, 66, is also charged with possession of child pornography, dating from his return to Rome in 2013.
I didn't know about the child pornography charges. In the UK the bar is quite low for that. It just has to be an image of someone who the CPS (prosecutor) believes could credibly be under 18, you don't need to have downloaded it or clicked on a thumbnail, nor do you even have had to scroll down that far on the page as the people arrested in Operation Ore found to their cost. In the Vatican, I would suspect that possessing images does mean exactly that. Does anyone know what the criteria is in Poland.
Another thing is that the Vatican seems to be checking his computers even now. It isn't an easy process - the police remove the hard drives and mount them in an oscilloscope - they even go much further in serious cases (stuff with magnets apparently) since they need to keep a database of the all of worst images to investigate how they're shared.