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Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Vatican's child porn diplomat

In the news: At Vatican trial, former envoy tells of viewing and sharing child porn while in D.C.

[...] The church has been accused by critics for years of shielding alleged perpetrators from harsh punishment, and the Vatican — which rebuffed a request from the United States to drop Capella’s diplomatic immunity and have him prosecuted in a U.S. court — is under pressure to handle the case with transparency. Several pool reporters were permitted in the courtroom, where three judges also heard testimony from a Vatican police investigator, who described several dozen examples of child pornography found on Capella’s electronics ...

We will recall that when this came up, the Vatican sucked their child pornographer back to Vatican City instead of allowing him to be prosecuted in the countries (the US and Canada) where he had committed his crimes ... Amid Pornography Case, Vatican Recalls Priest From Washington Embassy.

Pope Francis also recalled another Vatican diplomat, one who was being investigated for the sex abuse of children in both Poland and the Dominican Republic, instead of allowing him to be prosecuted by civil authorities, refusing to extradite him ... Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski’s Extradition Declined: Former Papal Nuncio Accused Of Sex Abuse Remains In Vatican. That guy, Wesołowski, who was held on very loose house arrest in Vatican City, never made it to trial but was found dead in his room.

But back to child pornographer Monsignor Capella. At his Vatican trial he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of €5,000 ($5,800) .... Vatican ex-diplomat sentenced to five years on child pornography charges. This may sound like the Vatican is really doing its job of cracking down on the bad guys within its ranks, but let's look closer.

For some perspective, think back to 2013 when Catholic priest Shawn Ratigan was found guilty by civil authorities in Missouri of child pornography. His case was somewhat different, but he was sentenced under federal law to 50 years in prison ... Kansas City priest sentenced to 50 years in prison for child porn.

And one has to wonder how Capella will serve five years in a prison setting when Vatican City has no prison .... he will spend his five years, apparently, in his makeshift jail cell. Usually people convicted of crimes that call for prison in Vatican City are inprisoned by Italy. Why not this guy? ... How Does Vatican City Deal With Criminals?

Finally, why hasn't he been defrocked? At the end of his trial he said that he believed what he had done was just “a bump in the road of my priestly life”. Just wondering who would want as their priest a man who had collected images, videos, and comics of child porn, sharing them with his buddies online.

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