Vatican Detains Diplomat Accused of Viewing Child Porn

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Another Vatican diplomat from Poland, Josef Wesolowski, was accused of paying teenage boys for sex while serving as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, but died in 2015 before the start of his trial.

Capella, 51, was a high-ranking member of the Vatican diplomatic corps, serving in Italy before his posting to the US embassy in 2017.

ROME-The Vatican arrested one of its own diplomats Saturday on suspicion of violating laws against child pornography, setting the stage for the first trial for that crime in Vatican City.

A Vatican statement said that Monsignor Carlo Capella was being held in gendarmerie barracks inside the Vatican, and that his arrest follows a Vatican investigation.

The Vatican said April 9 that Mgr Capella was taken into custody that morning by the Vatican gendarmes at the request of Vatican City State's promoter of justice, who serves as chief prosecutor and directs criminal investigations.

The arrest, the statement said, was made on the charges related to "Article 10, paragraphs 3 and 5, of Law VIII of 2013".

The case is the latest blow to the Catholic Church as it struggles to overcome repeated sex abuse scandals among its clergy. He has pledged zero tolerance but critics say he has not done enough to hold to account bishops who allegedly covered up abuse. Carlos was called back after the US notified the Holy See of his possible violation of laws relating to child pornography.

He was ordained in 1993 and joined the Vatican's diplomatic corps in 2004. It was alleged that while at a parish there in December of 2016, Capella had possessed and distributed child pornography.

A statement by the Canadian police at the time said the suspected offenses occurred while he was visiting "a place of worship" in the country.

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