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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 03:10 PM

Vatican diplomat recalled amid child porn investigation

Source: Associated Press via Washington Post

By Nicole Winfield and Matthew Lee | AP September 15 at 11:31 AM

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 the second from the Vatican’s diplomatic corps to face possible criminal charges for such crimes during Francis’ papacy. And any trial in the Vatican would come as Francis’ own financial czar, Cardinal George Pell, is on trial in his native Australia for alleged historic sex abuse cases.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/vatican-diplomat-recalled-amid-child-porn-investigation/2017/09/15/9d6ea646-9a0b-11e7-af6a-6555caaeb8dc_story.html



Hat tip, DCist.com:

Vatican Priest Recalled From Washington Amid Child Porn Investigation

http://dcist.com/2017/09/vatican_priest_recalled_from_washin.php

BY CHRISTINA STURDIVANT IN NEWS ON SEP 15, 2017 12:27 PM

The Vatican has recalled a priest who was working in a Washington embassy after federal officials say he may have violated child pornography laws.

He’s currently in Vatican City where an investigation is underway, the Vatican said in a statement.

The U.S. State Department notified the Vatican on August 21 of a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by a diplomat from the Holy See, according to the statement.

State Department officials say they asked the Vatican to lift his diplomatic immunity, but the request was denied, The Washington Post reports. A federal source familiar with the case told The Post that the priest is suspected of possessing, but not producing or releasing the images.

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mahatmakanejeeves Sep 2017 OP
volstork Sep 2017 #1
Pope George Ringo II Sep 2017 #2
WinkyDink Sep 2017 #7
Pope George Ringo II Sep 2017 #8
More_Cowbell Sep 2017 #3
WinkyDink Sep 2017 #6
AtheistCrusader Sep 2017 #10
keithbvadu2 Sep 2017 #4
WinkyDink Sep 2017 #5
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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 03:14 PM

1. Shocked!

Absolutely SHOCKED!!

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 03:32 PM

2. I'm struck by the fact that they still don't get it

They hire some pedophiles. Fine, every large corporation with enough employees does that and the RCC is no different. But these guys continue to shield them by refusing to lift diplomatic immunity. Really, they simply refuse to grasp that it's not the pedophile employees we have a problem with, it's the way their church continues to frustrate efforts at justice.

If they want to make a good faith (read that any way you want) effort at rehabilitating themselves, they need to let these guys face the consequences of their actions.

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Response to Pope George Ringo II (Reply #2)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:38 PM

7. Well, we kinda DO have a problem with BOTH entities.

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #7)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 05:07 PM

8. True

But it's not the fact that they hire pedophiles which is the problem with the institution. The problem with the institution is that they shield pedophiles. I'm not going to hold a pedophile employee against a church any more than I would against a cable company or a fire department. It happens. But they've got to not act like Joe Paterno here.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:05 PM

3. Why do we need a papal embassy?

Just so child pornographers can come and victimize our children without consequences?

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #3)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:37 PM

6. All countries have them.

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #6)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 06:06 PM

10. The more correct question is, 'why do we bother to recognize the vatican as a country?'

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:08 PM

4. Pedophile/kiddy porn priests - not even big news anymore - just current events

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:36 PM

5. So many of the world's children are in dreadful misery: sex abuse; slavery;

 

starvation or picking fetid garbage piles for scraps; murder; war.

Unimaginable existences to most of us.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Fri Sep 15, 2017, 05:30 PM

9. Wow...

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