Local February 7, 2014 | 8:14 am

Dominican bishops Photoshop the Vatican’s shame away

Santo Domingo.- Dominican Republic’s Catholic bishops (CED) on Thursday admitted it modified their photo released to media January 21, which it affirms was taken around five years ago.

It said the photo was updated several times from various changes of the CDE during that period. "That will continue to do be done until we can take a new picture with the presence of all the bishops."

The original photo had included former Vatican envoy Jozef Wesolowski, whisked out of the country by the Holy See once the scandal broke of his alleged sexual abuse of minors. His image was replaced with that of Santo Domingo auxiliary bishop Francisco José Arnáiz, who was hospitalized for treatment.

Media attention appears to have spurred the bishops’ statement, which doesn’t mention Wesolowski or Arnaiz. "It’s our custom to update, for purpose of a representative photo that belongs to this institution, whether to place the new bishops, omitting deceased or those who for whatever reason not longer belong to the institution."

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