The Vatican has recalled one of its diplomats from the United States after federal officials gave them evidence that he was involved with child pornography.
The Washington Post reports that American officials presented the Vatican with evidence implicating the diplomat in a possible child pornography crime late last month, and the Vatican subsequently recalled him to the Holy See in Rome, where the church will conduct its own investigation. The Vatican also said that its officials are cooperating with foreign investigators to gather evidence in the case.
“In addition to being the seat of the Catholic church, the Vatican is also a sovereign nation located within the borders of Italy,” notes the Washington Post. “Pope Francis is both spiritual leader and head of state. Vatican diplomats in the United States have diplomatic immunity from prosecution for most crimes in the United States, like diplomats of all foreign nations.”