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Friday, September 15, 2017

The Vatican & diplomatic immunity

UPDATE: 9/16 ... The New York Times states that the diplomat with the child pornography who the Vatican refused to identify is Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, now living inside the Vatican. Amid Pornography Case, Vatican Recalls Priest From Washington Embassy

A Catholic priest and Vatican diplomat stationed in Washington, D.C. was being investigated for child pornography. The State Department formally requested that the Vatican waive his immunity but the Vatican refused and instead whisked him away to the safety of the Holy City, frustrating the investigation.

This is the same thing that happened when Józef Wesołowski, an archbishop and the Vatican's Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, was being investigated by police in the Dominican Republic and also in Poland for the sexual abuse of children - Pope Francis had him recalled to the Vatican and then refused to waive his diplomatic immunity and extradite him. Though he was found to have child pornography on his computer, he wasn't incarcerated but was said to have been seen dining at restaurants in Rome. A trial was promised but he was found dead in his rooms before that ever happened.

A Vatican Diplomat Has Been Recalled From the U.S. Following Child-Pornography Charges

The Holy See announced on Friday that a priest who is part of its diplomatic corps has been recalled to Rome following allegations that he violated child-pornography laws. The official had been accredited to serve in Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Department of State notified Catholic Church leaders about the alleged crime through diplomatic channels. The Vatican has opened an investigation and is keeping the name of the accused priest confidential. The AP reported that the U.S. government requested that the official’s diplomatic immunity be lifted. The request was denied.

These allegations have come at a turbulent time for the Vatican on issues of sex abuse. Earlier this summer, Cardinal George Pell was charged with multiple sex crimes by the Australian police, and returned to his home country “to clear his name,” according to a statement from the archdiocese of Sydney. Pell has been in charge of the Vatican’s treasury since 2014, and was specifically brought in to implement reforms .....

More: Vatican diplomat is recalled amid child pornography investigation

The Vatican is earning the reputation of being an immunity haven for child molesters and pornographers.


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