VATICAN CITY — A former Holy See envoy to Washington was sentenced here Saturday to a five-year prison term for viewing and sharing child pornography, the first time on record that the Vatican has convicted one of its own onetime diplomats for such crimes.
The punishment for Monsignor Carlo Capella, which included a fine of 5,000 euros, was just shy of the five year, nine-month term that prosecutors requested. The code of this city-state calls for imprisonment of up to five years for possessing and distributing child pornography but says penalties can increase if a “considerable quantity” of material is involved.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Canadian police have issued an arrest warrant for the Vatican diplomat who was recalled from the United States in a child pornography investigation, accusing him of accessing porn over Christmas last year from a church.
Francis recalled Vigano in 2016 and replaced him with Monsignor Carlo Capella. This raises the question, did Vigano know about Monsignor Carlo Capella’s addiction to child pornography and fail to say anything to Francis at the time of his own recall at Capella’s appointment by Francis in 2016. Vigano claims in his three public letters calling for Francis’ resignation for covering up enabling claims explicit knowledge of a vast Vatican network of homosexual perversity and financial corruption among Cardinals, Archbishops, Bishops, Monsignors, and priest according to Vigano knowingly facilitated by Francis. As such Vigano has demanded Francis “resign as Pope.” Vigano’s three letters in the wake of Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s first report of “credible allegations” against Cardinal McCarrick, June 21th, 2018 highlight McCarrick, Wuerl, Cupich, Tobin, Farrel as guilty by association with McCarrick. Yet Vigano himself as US Papal Nuncio, before being recalled by Francis in 2016, being appointed 2011 by Benedict, publicly had only praise for McCarrick in his highly public and influential ministry under Benedict and Francis alike until June 21, 2018.
The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, urged the Holy See to be “forthcoming with more details” about the case, a reflection of how the U.S. church still struggles with credibility problems 15 years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the U.S.
The diplomat’s recall was expected to loom over an international conference next week at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome on protecting children from online sexual exploitation, pornography and abuse.
Cardinal Dinardo, who is “Team Vigano” from the get go, like Vigano, a hypocritical Cardinal Archbishop sodomite, who like Archbishop John Nienstedt, as a young catamite priest “taking a twirl with Donna the Girl Wuerl” his ordaining bishop in his home Diocese of Pittsburgh, served time in Rome at the Vatican From 1984 to 1990, DiNardo worked in Rome as a staff member of the Congregation for Bishops in the Roman Curia. In 1980, Nienstedt was assigned to the English desk of the Vatican Secretariat of State. until 1986 when Nienstedt defended his Doctoral thesis ironically in moral theology concerning human reproduction “Human Life in a Test-tube; the Moral Dimension of In Vitro Fertilization and Embryo transfer “
given the very real possibility that Dinardo knew Cardinal Vigano at this time intimately, and without a doubt Vigano’s catamite John Nienstedt, and intermittently serve the role of “Lucky Pierre” interchangeably with Vigano and Nienstedt, when ever the three got together.
Police in Windsor, Ontario, said Carlo Capella, a 50-year-old monsignor from Italy, allegedly uploaded the child porn to a social networking site while visiting a place of worship in Windsor between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27.
The Vatican recalled Capella, the No. 4 official in its Washington embassy, after the U.S. State Department notified it Aug. 21 of a “possible violation of laws relating to child pornography images” by one of its diplomats in Washington.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state and Capella’s boss, is to deliver the keynote speech Tuesday on “The Holy See and its commitment to combating sex abuse online.”
At the time of the Sept. 15 announcement about Capella’s recall, neither the Vatican nor the State Department made any mention of a Canadian angle to the case.
Capella was a high-ranking priest in the Vatican’s diplomatic corps. He served on the Italy desk in the Vatican’s secretariat of state and was part of the official delegation that negotiated a tax treaty with Italy before being posted to the U.S. embassy last year.
Opus Dei Schill Cardinal Carlo Maria Vigano lied throughout his three open letters letters! Vigano noted it has been a month since (September 2018) he released his testimony, “solely for the good of the Church,” alleging that Pope Francis and other high-ranking prelates knew of grave sexual sins committed by Archbishop McCarrick.
In a classic case of the kettle calling the pot black, in the 1980’s Vigano, a homosexual had now suspended former Archbishop John Nienstedt as a Vatican catamite when a young priest. working in the Vatican Secretary of State Office under Vigano. Archbishop Niedstedt was recently suspended by the Vatican by his successor in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis /St. Paul Bishop Bernard Hebda for committing sodomy with adult men. Francis, through Hebda is striking back at Vigano for his fallacious and hypocritical attack on Francis over completely false allegations by Vigano that Francis knew about Cardinal “Uncle Ted ” McCarrick-via Vigano report when asked about McCarrick in a brief exchange as US Papal Nuncio meeting the newly elected Francis in Rome. Vigano’s reply to Francis there is a thick dossier on McCarrick shows that Vigano from his own mouth knew about McCarrick’s decade long sexual assault of seminarians and young priests in the US and Rome as US Papal Nuncio and himself said nothing not laudatory publicly about McCarrick during his time as US Papal Nuncio from 2011 to 2016 when recalled by Francis to Rome. Vigano states falsely that Francis knowing of McCarrick’s sexual assault of seminarians and who according to Vigano was sanctioned by Pope Benedict suspended from Church ministry in either “2009, or 2010” lifted these sanctions rehabilitating McCarrick as a public figure and ambassador to China on the part of Francis to betray the Catholic Church in China to the anti Catholic Chinese Communist Government. As such, it is fully documented in the following article:
McCarrick kept a robust public presence during years he was allegedly sanctioned
How is it that Vigano claims the sanctions were leveled by Benedict “either 2009, or 2010.” When was it exactly-day, month, year! Vigano claims he knew about McCarrich since 1998 when McCarrich was made Bishop by JPII, and said nothing until his “testimony” published late August 2018 of But now that the corruption has reached the very top of the
Church’s hierarchy, my conscience dictates that I reveal those truths regarding the heart-breaking case of
the Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C., Theodore McCarrick, which I came to know in the course
of the duties entrusted to me by St. John Paul II, as Delegate for Pontifical Representations, from 1998 to
2009, and by Pope Benedict XVI, as Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, from October 19,
2011 until end of May 2016.
Vigano called himself a witness “of shocking facts,” (what about the fact of day, month, year of alleged sanctions by Benedict) and said he believed very grave harm could be avoided “only by divulging the truth.” Moreover disingenuously claiming
“Neither the pope, nor any of the cardinals in Rome have denied the facts I asserted in my testimony,” the archbishop noted; referring to the proverb “silence is consent”, he said that “if they deny my testimony, they have only to say so, and provide documentation to support that denial.”
The Vatican and Francis have not responded to Vigano’s “testimony” because it is pure calumny on the level of “when are you going to stop beating your wife!” You cannot prove a negative. There is no documentation at the Vatican proving or disproving Benedict sanctioned McCarrick for sexual assault in 2009 to 2010. The burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt lies with the accuser Vigano, and not the accused Francis and McCarrick. This is Due Process in the US, and McCarrick is a US Citizen.
Viganò said he told Francis about the allegations: “Holy Father, I don’t know if you know Cardinal McCarrick, but if you ask the Congregation for Bishops there is a dossier this thick about him. He corrupted generations of seminarians and priests and Pope Benedict ordered him to withdraw to a life of prayer and penance.”
Moreover, the clarification of Archbishop Nienstedt’s local public ministry restrictions refers to a 2014 investigation into allegations that he had engaged in sexual misconduct with adults as a priest in Detroit and Rome, and as a bishop of New Ulm. Archdiocesan leaders engaged two separate law firms in the investigation.
Randy Engel gives evidence that Vigano, a Vatican sodomite, in 2014 US Papal Nuncio while falsely accusing Francis of knowingly covering up for McCarrick in his bogus letters of 2018, in fact used his position of US Papal Nuncio to quash said 2014 investigation into his former catamite’s sexual misconduct with adults as a priest in Detroit and Rome. By secondary discovery, said two law firms could uncover Vigano’s catamite relationship with the young flaming aspiring priest John Nienstedt in the early 1980’s under Vigano in the office of The Secretary of the Vatican City State.
Cardinal Vigano, a sodomite, hypocritical liar said he chose to disclose the alleged fallacious cover-up by Francis “after long reflection and prayer, during months of profound suffering and anguish, during a crescendo of continual news of terrible events
Cardinal Vigano, a Vatican Secretary of State office Sodomite Cardinal hard bitten and bitterly stewing in his own juices by his 2016 recall to Rome by Francis from his previous post as US Papal Nuncio appointed by Benedict 2011, jumped on the Cardinal Dolan, June 20, 2018 statement, that McCarrick is credibly accused of sexual assault of a minor fifty years ago and said it was “the first such report of a violation” against Cardinal McCarrick “of which the archdiocese was aware.” Why did Vigano, who claimed to have a thick dossier as US Papal Nuncio of McCarricks sexual assault crimes when asked about McCarrick’s character by the newly elected Francis in 2013 at a Vatican meet and greet not say a word about McCarrick as US papal Nuncio to Dolan and the NY Archdicoese before this independent revelation by a victim of McCarrick.
Vigano, only after this public independent revelation by a McCarrick victim, and not in fact, as “he chose to disclose” the alleged fallacious cover-up by Francis of McCarrick’s sexual assault of seminarians “after long reflection and prayer, during months of profound suffering and anguish, during a crescendo of continual news of terrible events, falsely accused Francis to force Francis to resign over a completely bogus charge Francis lifted undocumented, and all evidence shows non apparent, non existent sex abuse sanctions on “Uncle Ted” McCarrick leveled “either 2009, or 2010” by Benedict as Vigano has falsely claimed. In Fact, McCarrick kept a “Robust Public and Church Presence” during 2009-2010 until June 20th, 2018 statement of an independent credible accusation by Cardinal Dolan against McCarrick, Vigano saying only publicly lauding McCarrick as US Papal Nuncio and silent beyond until June 20th, 2018.
Vigano was silent about McCarrick past the time thatl Benedict himself was forced to resign in 2013 for his own cover up enabling of global child sex abuse in the Church as CDF Head for 25 years under JPII (Especially covering up for Fr. Maciel Degollado,- criminal mastermind Vatican Bank money launder behind the Sinoloa Federation Cartel child sex slave trafficking to cantinas via the I-10 and I-69 in Texas. . Vigano Publicly praised as “beloved” Cardinal McCarrick during his time as US Papal Nuncio recalled by Francis to Rome 2016.
It was JPII, promoter of the homosexual money cult founder of Opus Dei, Josemaria Escriva, a non saint like JPII and Mother Theresa, not Francis as Vigano falsely claims as an Opus Dei shill trying to win back Opus Dei control of the Vatican Bank who is completely responsibly with JPII’s due to JPII’s jewish girlfriend of fifty years prodding JPII on “Uncle Ted’s” behalf for McCarrick’s stellar rise to the top of Vatican and US Church authority and national political influence as D.C. Cardinal Archbishop. Randy Engel states:
With specific reference to McCarrick, the record of John Paul II is chiseled in stone:
- He appointed McCarrick bishop of Metuchen, NJ on November 19, 1981.
- He appointed McCarrick archbishop of Newark, NJ on May 30, 1986 by which time it was common knowledge among New Jersey priests that McCarrick was a sexual predator.
- He appointed McCarrick archbishop of Washington, D.C. on November 21, 2000.
- He elevated McCarrick to the cardinalate on February 21, 2001.
When it comes to blame regarding the ascendency of “Uncle Teddy” up the clerical ladder, it’s clear that the main culprit was John Paul II and not Francis.
McCarrick kept a robust public presence during years he was allegedly sanctioned by Benedict
While Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò makes a number of accusations against former and current Vatican officials in his 11-page letter, there is only one he aims at Pope Francis: that he knew former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick had “corrupted generations of seminarians and priests” but nonetheless decided to lift sanctions that included “a life of prayer and penance” which had been imposed on the retired D.C. archbishop by Pope Benedict XVI in either 2009 or 2010.
Archbishop Viganò, the papal representative to the United States from 2011 until he was recalled to Rome by Pope Francis in 2016, did not provide documents proving that sanctions were imposed by Benedict. Nor did he provide evidence that Francis knew about the sanctions or that he lifted them.
During the years that then-Cardinal McCarrick was allegedly sanctioned by Rome, he kept up a public profile that included preaching at high-profile Masses, giving talks and accepting awards. He testified in front of a Senate subcommittee and appeared in the media.
The cardinal also kept up a famously robust travel schedule, in part because he served on the board of Catholic Relief Services and chaired the board of the charitable arm of the international development nonprofit.
From 2008 to 2013, the former cardinal kept up a public profile that included preaching at high-profile Masses, giving talks and accepting awards.
A spokeswoman for C.R.S. told America that then-Cardinal McCarrick traveled on “a couple of dozen trips during that time, including in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America” between 2009 and the end of Pope Benedict’s papacy in 2013, adding that C.R.S. was “unaware” of any sanctions.
Archbishop Viganò alleges that after several specific attempts to convince the Vatican that then-Cardinal McCarrick should be sanctioned because of allegations of sexual misconduct with priests and seminarians, prohibitions were handed down in 2009 or 2010. Those sanctions, he said, required the cardinal to move out of a seminary where he was living and forbade him to celebrate Mass in public, participating in public meetings, giving lectures or traveling. He was to dedicate “himself to a life of prayer in penance.” Pope Francis removed then-Cardinal McCarrick from ministry in June following substantiated allegations that he had sexually abused a minor decades ago.
Sharon Euart, R.S.M., a canon lawyer and the executive director of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, said that while she could not comment on the specifics regarding the onetime archbishop of Washington, D.C., a priest or bishop who is punished with sanctions removing him from ministry would be notified in writing.
Sister Euart said that whoever has jurisdiction over the offender would normally be notified of the penalty so that the offender could be monitored. In the case of then-Cardinal McCarrick, it is not clear who may have been asked to monitor him. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who succeeded Archbishop McCarrick in Washington, has said he was not made aware of any sanctions, a statement challenged by Archbishop Viganò.
“There is certainly expectation that they would abide by the regulations of their particular situation,” Sister Euart said, adding that she would find it “unusual” for such penalties to remain secret.
While Archbishop Viganò’s letter says he believes the alleged sanctions were placed in 2009 or 2010, and that they included an order that then-Cardinal McCarrick move from his seminary residence,the Catholic News Agency, citing unnamed sources, reports that then-Cardinal McCarrick made plans to move out of the seminary where he was living in 2008.
In February 2009, then-Cardinal McCarrick traveled to Bermuda and in September traveled to Zimbabwe and South Africa. He also visited Ghaha and Benin, as well as Lebanon, where he celebrated a public Mass, that year.
Then-Cardinal McCarrick was a guest at a party celebrating former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s being received into the Catholic Church.
McCarrick celebrated a Mass for a group of Catholic sisters in April 2009 and he was in New York, where he was the principal celebrant for a Mass celebrating the centennial of America. Then in June, he preached at a Mass in Washington marking the Year for Priests.
In August 2009, Cardinal McCarrick participated in the burial service for U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery. He also concelebrated Mass at the national gathering of the Knights of Columbus in Phoenix.
In November, then-Cardinal McCarrick, along with then-Archbishop Donald Wuerl and Cardinal Sean O’Malley, concelebrated Mass at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
In January, he participated in the installation Mass for Bishop Kevin Rhoades in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. Later that month, then-Cardinal McCarrick concelebrated the opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
That April, he participated in an ordination Mass in Dallas for two new bishops.
The former cardinal turned 80 in July 2010, which meant he was no longer eligible to participate in papal conclaves.
An article from The Washington Post notes that the cardinal celebrated his birthday with friends at a private Mass and party, but the reporter notes that the cardinal seemed to be avoiding the media.
“There was zero publicity about this week’s happenings, and weeks of our requests to interview Cardinal McCarrick about the milestone and his current work were rebuffed,” the article notes, calling the celebrations “uncharacteristically quiet” and describing the refusal of an interview as “unusual for a man known for being accessible to reporters.”
The cardinal kept up his political advocacy, appearing as part of a press conference in September, during which he urged greater respect for Muslims.
In November, then-Cardinal McCarrick was in Rome, where he concelebrated a Mass with Cardinal Donald Wuerl, his successor, who had just been made a cardinal by Pope Benedict.
He celebrated Christmas Mass at a parish in Maryland.
Reporting on the cardinal’s public schedule picked up considerably in 2011, when Archbishop Viganò arrived at his post in Washington.
The former cardinal participated in an ordination Mass for an auxiliary bishop for the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services in February in Washington.
In March, he celebrated a “family Mass” at Oratory Prep School in New Jersey, which was covered by local media. He also testified in front of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee about civil rights for Muslims.
In May, he preached during a Mass at the cathedral in Trenton, N.J., and he ordained two friars during a Mass in New York.
The cardinal spoke at a July press conference in Washington to urge the Senate to pass an immigration bill.
In September, then-Cardinal McCarrick was in Iran, along with Washington Episcopal Bishop John Bryson Chane, for a meeting with former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to discuss the release of U.S. hikers who were being held on espionage charges.
Then in October, he attended a two-day event for Catholic Charities, including an event held at the National Press Club, and he celebrated Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.
In January 2012, then-Cardinal McCarrick accompanied other U.S. bishops, including Cardinal Donald Wuerl, to the Vatican, during which he twice met Pope Benedict. During that trip, he concelebrated Mass with Cardinal Wuerl and the other U.S. bishops at the tomb of St. Peter.
Then-Cardinal McCarrick celebrated Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York in February 2012. He was photographed in front of the cathedral with Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
In March, then-Cardinal McCarrick was the keynote speaker at a D.C. fundraiser for Franciscan Mission Service, and in April he received an award from Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C.—presented to him by his successor, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, at a gala fundraiser.
In April, then-Cardinal McCarrick was back in Rome, part of a delegation from The Papal Foundation to wish Pope Benedict a happy birthday.
During a May event honoring then-Cardinal McCarrick sponsored by the Pontifical Missions Society, Archbishop Viganò spoke, saying the cardinal is “loved by us all,” and they posed with others for a group photo.
In June, the cardinal traveled to Jordan and Syria, a trip that included a conversation between then-Cardinal McCarrick and Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad.
In January 2013, then-Cardinal McCarrick celebrated Mass during a visit to the Holy Land.
Pope Benedict announced his resignation on Feb. 11. During a farewell ceremony with cardinals later that month, Benedict shook hands with then-Cardinal McCarrick.
Pope Francis was elected in March. Archbishop Viganò claims that during a meeting of nuncios in June 2013 at the Vatican, he ran into then-Cardinal McCarrick. He writes in the letter that then-Cardinal McCarrick told him, “The pope received me yesterday, tomorrow I am going to China,” which he speculates was the cardinal’s way of informing him that the alleged sanctions had been lifted.
Archbishop Viganò writes in his letter that Pope Francis asked him his thoughts about then-Cardinal McCarrick during a meeting on June 23, during which, he says in his letter, he told the pope about the existence of “a dossier this thick about him.” He said the pope did not respond.
The Rev. Jonathan Morris cautions that then-Cardinal McCarrick’s public presence during the years he was allegedly sanctioned does not disprove allegations that Pope Benedict removed the retired cardinal from public ministry. He points to his own experience as a former member of the Legionaries of Christ, whose founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, was sanctioned by the Vatican for sexual abuse before he was removed from public ministry in 2006.
Father Morris, a well-known Catholic commentator and a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, said if penalties are kept secret, either to protect the Vatican or to avoid causing scandal, that they naturally become more difficult to enforce.
“If somebody begins to flout those sanctions, what are they going to do? How are they going to stop them? They’re trying to keep them secret,” Father Morris said.
As to the meetings where Pope Benedict greeted then-Cardinal McCarrick, and the kind words from Archbishop Viganò toward the cardinal in 2012, “It is strange. I don’t understand it all,” Father Morris said. But he added he can “imagine different scenarios” where the relationship between the nuncio and the cardinal would appear cordial in public, especially if both men were trying to keep the sanctions secret.
A source close to the Archdiocese in Washington confirms that alleged sanctions from Rome placed on then-Cardinal McCarrick were unknown during the years in question. But the source added that it would not be impossible that the retired archbishop had personally received a warning to keep a lower profile because of accusations against him—but chose to ignore it.
Substantiating Archbishop Vigano’s allegations may hinge on the existence of written documents. And that could be a challenge.
Kurt Martens, a professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America, said that while written documentation is expected when imposing or removing sanctions, sometimes it just does not exist.
“Rome often works with oral reports, and that makes it harder,” he said. “It’s the Italian way of dealing with these things, especially when they involve a cardinal or a bishop.”