Canada--Vatican diplomat wanted on porn charges now wanted in Canada, supervisor giving keynote at Vatican digital child protection conference, Victims respond

For immediate release, September 30, 2017

Statement by Becky Ianni, Volunteer Member of the Board of Directors and Volunteer Virginia/Washington DC Leader for SNAP, the Survivors Network, 801-6044

The crime of child pornography is not a victimless crime. The children in these images are in the process of being sexually abused or exploited. We applaud the RCMP for vigorously investigating these alleged crimes.

This is now the second time that Msgr. Capella has been accused by civil authorities. This is the second time that the Vatican has said it will handle the issue internally. This is not acceptable, nor is it in accordance with Pope Francis’ own statements on transparency. If he is to adhere to his promises to victims, Catholics, and the public, Pope Francis must fully cooperate with civil authorities in both Canada and the United States.

According to media reports, we have also learned that Msgr. Capella's supervisor, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, will be delivering the keynote address at a conference this week called “Child Dignity in the Digital Age” at the Gregorian University in Rome, a university owned by the Vatican.

The conference bills itself as "a historic opportunity to set the global agenda for the fight against online sexual child abuse and for child protection in the digital world.”

The first historic opportunity, we believe, would be to turn Msgr. Capella and his computer over to civil authorities and for Pope Francis to keep his simple promises of transparency.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 25,000 members. Our website is

Contacts – Melanie Jula Sakoda (925-708-6175,, Joelle Casteix (

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