Teen Arrested for Threat Against Pope

Philly-area youth said to be inspired by ISIS, but plans were "aspirational."

That plot against the pope? Might not’ve been much of a plot.

“The FBI quietly arrested a 15-year-old boy outside of Philadelphia last month for allegedly threatening to launch an ISIS-inspired assault on Pope Francis while the world leader tours the United States next week,” ABC News reports.

Which sounds scary, perhaps, except for this:

“But sources familiar with the case emphasized that any threat from him was not imminent, and that the boy’s plans were ‘aspirational.’ Additionally, the sources said, there are questions about the boy’s mental health.”

That, apparently, is the plot against the pope that Republican Congressman Michael McCaul said this week had been disrupted by investigators.

Indeed, ABC News reports that law enforcement officials say “there is no specific, credible threat to the pope” when he visits Philadelphia at the end of the month.

The pope visits Philadelphia on September 26th and 27th.