The Vatican finally acts on child abuse by priest
The Vatican has always been accused of tolerating ills by priests attached to the Catholic Church. People have come short of calling the Vatican the protector of priests suspected of serious crimes. It seems the pontiff has had enough and would like to see justice for victims and as a deterrent for priests tempted to act contrary to their beliefs, the Vatican has announced the commencement of trial against Carlo Alberto Capella on the 22nd of June 2018.
During his assignment as advisor of Vatican’s US embassy in Washington, he was found to be in possession of child pornography. After the scandal, he was recalled back to the Vatican instead of being stripped of immunity so that he could face charges. This move was highly criticized and it was interpreted as the Vatican supporting the acts of this monsignor.
Just last week, Pope Francis wrote a letter expressing his disapproval of the acts of a priest who was accused of being a pedophile but was as usual protected by the Vatican. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on which side of the fence you are seated, the findings were conclusive and this was the reason why the Pope felt the need to apologize to the victims.
He promised that justice would be served. Seven more victims of the priest were received by the Vatican last week. Priest Fernando Karadima who is accused of these despicable acts in the 80s and 90s has been stripped off of his title permanently. Chilean bishop Juan Barros is accused of being in knowledge of the acts of Fernando but covered up for him. 34 Chilean bishops had threated to resign if the Vatican did not act.
Hopefully, the Vatican will be able to cleanse its image that has been under constant attack by people who feel it is not doing enough to stop the unacceptable acts by some of its priests.