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Catholic Priest Gets 'Full Protection' from Vatican to Escape Child Porn Charges

High-level diplomat received maximum protection to avoid prosecution in the US

By: Jay Greenberg  |@NeonNettle
 on 24th June 2018 @ 12.00pm
the catholic priest and high level diplomat escaped prosecution in the us © press
The Catholic priest and high-level diplomat escaped prosecution in the US

A Catholic priest who was caught with child pornography whilst working in Washington has escaped prosecution under US law after the Vatican used the full weight of its power to protect the pedophile cleric.

Carlo Alberto Capella was in the United States as a high-level Vatican diplomat when he was caught with a trove of indecent images and videos of children being sexually abused that he was trading with other pedophiles.

Capella was protected from being charged by his diplomatic immunity, leaving local and federal law enforcement "powerless," Reuters news agency reports.

Catholic Church officials blocked the case from being handled under US law, and quickly ushered Capella out of the country, back to the safety of the Vatican City in Italy.

The priest was, in fact, tried in a Vatican court under Canon law and found guilty of possessing child porn.

He was sentenced to five years prayers and penance in a church of the court's choosing, where he would have to remain for the duration of his sentence.

capella was caught whilst on us soil  but local authorities were  powerless © press
Capella was caught whilst on US soil, but local authorities were 'powerless'

According to Inquisitr, in his own words, Capella had developed a “morbid” desire while acting as a diplomat in Vatican’s Washington embassy.

The priest was, he told the court, “unhappy” in Washington, but child pornography, he said, “was never part” of his “priestly life before.”

In August 2017, Reuters notes, the U.S. State Department notified the Vatican of a possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images by a member of Vatican’s diplomatic corps.

The Vatican refused to waive priest Carlo Alberto Capella’s diplomatic immunity, so he wasn’t sentenced in the United States, although after the priest had been recalled to Rome, Police in neighboring Canada issued an arrest warrant for him on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography on the internet while visiting a Canadian church.

The trial lasted two days and Capella was sentenced to five years in jail.

Scandals related to pedophilia and child abuse have plagued the Vatican for decades.

The Holy See has in recent years, at least publicly, attempted to tackle the issue. On the surface, Pope Francis seemed to have made a conscious effort to end child abuse by Catholic priests, but reports contradict his rhetoric.

capella was ushered back to vatican city to face trial under canon law © press
Capella was ushered back to Vatican City to face trial under Canon law

For instance, as the Inquisitr reported this month, the Pope accepted the resignation of three Chilean bishops accused of covering up sexual abuse committed by a priest in the 1980s and 1990s.

However, although all of Chile’s 34 Roman Catholic bishops had offered their resignations, Pope accepted only three.

Initially, Pope Francis vehemently denied reports of child sexual abuse in Chile, publicly defending the now convicted Bishop Juan Barros.

Apart from refusing to talk about sexual abuse Bishop Barros had committed, the Pope – according to his own advisers – received an eight-page letter from one of the victims three years earlier, in 2015.

The letter, which graphically detailed the sexual abuse that had taken place was ignored by the Pope.

Dozens of horrendous scandals related to child sexual abuse within the Catholic church have been a subject of debate, criticism, and widespread outrage for decades.

For instance, in 2010, as the Huffington Post reported, a known Vatican critic, the late Christopher Hitchens, accused the Holy See of covering up the abuse, instead of addressing it, and of considering revelations of abuse a problem, instead of, in fact, viewing the abuse itself as problematic.

“The abuse was not the problem, the torture the rape; only the revelation of it,” Hitchens said.

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