Vatican convicts former Holy See diplomat for child pornography Monsignor Carlo Capella who served as a councillor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, US, was sentenced to 5 years in prison and €5,000 fine by the Vatican tribunal on June 23.
The Vatican court on Saturday convicted a former Holy See diplomat, sentencing him to five years in prison for the “ with the aggravating circumstance of its large quantity,” in what is the first trial of its kind inside the Vatican. Italian (pictured right with beard) who served as a councillor at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, US, admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of "fragility" and interior crisis. Tribunal President Giuseppe Dalla Torre read out the verdict after a two-day trial and sentenced the 50-year old priest to .
The Vatican prosecution had called for a stiffer sentence of 5 years and 9 months in prison and €10,000 fine, given what it described as an excessive amount of child pornography material.
The priest said he realized that his actions were vulgar and "improper," and apologized for the pain his "fragility" and "weakness" had caused his family, his diocese and the Holy See.
Text Source: Vatican News