Vatican Arrests Catholic Official for Child Pornography

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Joe Scudder
Written by Joe Scudder

The allegation of child pornography came from the U.S. and Canada.

A high-ranking Roman Catholic Church official has been arrested for child pornography. No word yet on whether the suspect, Monsignor Carlo Alberto Capella, affirms or denies the Christian teaching on Hell. Perhaps I am wrong to think there might be a link between the Pope’s problem clearly affirming Biblical teaching and the scandals rocking his church.

What do you think?

U.S. News reports, “Vatican Arrests Former Diplomat After Child Pornography Probe.

The Vatican said on Saturday its police had arrested a monsignor who worked as a diplomat at its embassy in Washington and is suspected of possessing child pornography in the United States and Canada.

A statement identified the accused as Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella and said he was arrested earlier on Saturday in the Vatican after a warrant was issued by the Holy See’s chief magistrate at the end of an investigation.

The Vatican statement said Capella, who was recalled from the Vatican embassy in Washington last August, was arrested according to articles of a 2013 law signed by Pope Francis. The articles cited […] related to child pornography.

If indicted, the monsignor will have to stand trial in the Vatican and faces up to 12 years in jail.

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

It is worth noting that the Vatican did not catch the Monsignor originally and they did not allow him to be tried in the jurisdicton where the crime allegedly occurred. BBC reports, “Vatican police arrest ex-diplomat over ‘child pornography.’

Monsignor Capella was recalled from the US in September 2017 after US authorities told the Vatican about a possible violation of child pornography laws by one of its diplomats.


A state department official told the Washington Post that the US government had asked for Monsignor Capella’s diplomatic immunity be waived so he could be prosecuted in the US, but the request was refused.

After Monsignor Capella was recalled from the US, police in Canada issued a warrant for his arrest on suspicion of possessing and distributing child pornography online.

Read the entire U.S. News story. Read the BBC story.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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