Vatican City, Jun 11, 2018 / 14:09 pm America/Denver (CNA).
Former Vatican diplomat Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella is facing trial this month after having been indicted by the Holy See on charges of alleged possession and distribution of child pornography.
Capella, who was a former Vatican diplomat to Washington, was recalled from the U.S. Nunciature in Washington, D.C. last September, after the U.S. State Department notified the Vatican of a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a diplomat.
Canadian police, after having investigated Capella for almost two years, also said he had allegedly been uploading child pornography to various websites in December 2016.
The 50-year-old priest, who was arrested by the Vatican in April, is expected to face trial on June 22 for possessing and sharing “a large quantity” of child pornography, according to Reuters. He could face charges from both the Catholic Church and the Holy See.
Capella was one of four staff members who has immunity from U.S. prosecution, and the Vatican has denied U.S. efforts to prosecute Capella in an American court. However, the U.S. State Department’s information regarding Capella has been passed along to the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice.