Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada

Apr 08, 2018, 00:55
Former top Vatican diplomat busted for downloading child porn in Canada

However, the paragraph 5 referred to in the Vatican statement says that "the penalty is increased if a considerable quantity of pornographic material is involved".

Capella, 51, was a high-ranking member of the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Italy before his posting to the US embassy in 2017.

A one-time top Vatican diplomat was locked up Saturday on allegations of downloading child pornography during a Christmas season visit to Canada, officials said. - On Saturday Vatican police arrested former Vatican diplomat Fr. Carlo Alberto Capella, who has been under investigation for the violation of laws concerning the possession of child pornography and its distribution or sale.

The Vatican said April 9 that Mgr Capella was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State's promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal investigations.

An Escanaba man charged with 14 felonies related to child pornography waived his preliminary hearing in Delta County District Court and was automatically bound over to circuit court this week.

The case is the latest blow to the Catholic Church as it struggles to overcome repeated sex abuse scandals among its clergy.

While Pope Francis declared zero tolerance over abuse issues, his critics have said he has not done enough, especially in holding bishops to account for covering up cases.

The State Department first notified the Holy See in August of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of the Holy See's diplomatic corps accredited to Washington, the Vatican said in September.

The United States made "an official request" for the man's diplomatic immunity to be lifted but the Vatican refused, said a U.S. official on condition of anonymity. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican's secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the U.S. Embassy past year.

Archbishop Wesolowski was recalled to Rome by the Vatican, arrested and stripped of his duties after a report by the Dominican news media led to an investigation by Dominican magistrates.

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