In September of last year, I wrote about a Vatican diplomat who had been recalled from Washington DC for possessing child pornography. The U.S. State Department had requested that the Vatican waive diplomatic immunity for him so that he could be prosecuted. The Vatican did not comply with the State Department’s request and instead recalled the priest/diplomat.
When I first wrote about this, the Vatican official’s name had not been released due to it being an open criminal case. On Saturday, the Vatican sentenced the diplomat, Monsignor Carlo Capella, to five years in prison for the crime. Capella will also pay a fine of 5,000 euros.
Just before he was sentenced, Carlo blamed his interest in child pornography on emotional “weakness.” Is that what they are calling it these days?
Capella’s trial began on Friday, and during Friday’s proceedings he admitted that while working at the Vatican’s embassy in Washington DC, which he started working at in 2016, he compulsively viewed child pornography. He said he viewed his behavior as “repugnant,” and blamed it on the fact that he had little fulfilling work to do in DC.
A police investigator told the court that he had found dozens of files on Capella’s devices, including pictures and videos.
Capella said on Saturday that he hoped “this situation can be considered just an accident along the path of my life as a priest.” Right, Carlo, you just accidentally downloaded dozens of files of naked children. Thanks for clearing that up.
The church has been providing me with plenty of material to write about its various sexual controversies since I started this blog a year and a half ago. In fact, I have written so much about the church's ongoing sexual abuse that I have put together this collection of all the posts. And yes, today's post has been added to the list.
I hate to write this, but I think that the church will be giving me a lot more material to add to that collection in the future.