Vatican diplomat recalled amid child porn investigation

VATICAN CITY — A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican’s embassy in Washington has been recalled after U.S. prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, Vatican and U.S. officials said Friday.

The diplomat was suspected of possessing, but not producing or disseminating, child pornography including images of pre-pubescent children, a U.S. source familiar with the case said. The source was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The Vatican declined to identify the priest, but said he was currently in Vatican City and that Vatican prosecutors had launched their own probe and sought evidence from the U.S.

If the accusations pan out, the case would be a major embarrassment for the Vatican and Pope Francis, who has pledged “zero tolerance” for sexual abuse. The diplomat would be  . . . 

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  • John Nesbella
    commented 2017-09-15 14:17:12 -0500
    This guy like other Vatican “Diplomats” has diplomatic immunity and the US does not have an extradition treaty with the Vatican, so he is safe back home and we will likely never hear about him again.
    The Roman Catholic Church is only religion on earth that has “diplomats” and diplomatic immunity and the Vatican/church readily use this to shield from prosecution priests, bishops and cardinals (who have molested children or covered up for molesters).
    Protestants, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and every other religion does not have diplomats and diplomatic immunity-why should the Roman Catholic Church?
    It’s time to put an end to this Roman Catholic diplomatic immunity crap so that priests and high ranking Vatican molesters and enablers can’t use this to escape prosecution.

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