Vatican official probed for embezzlement

Vatican official probed for embezzlement: reports
 
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia under investigation in Italy on suspicion of embezzlement, price fixing
AFP, Rome
Italy
May 28, 2015

Archbishop
 Vincenzo Paglia, a Vatican official, is under investigation by Italian 
prosecutors on suspicion of embezzlement and price fixing during the 
sale of an historic castle, according to media reports Wednesday. 
 
The
 sale of the San Girolamo castle in central Italy has already led to the
 arrest of two employees of the diocese of Terni where Paglia, who is 
president of the Holy See's council for family matters, was bishop.
 
Now
 prosecutors are probing Paglia on allegations of criminal conspiracy 
and fraud in relation to the sale of the castle four years ago to real 
estate company IMI immobiliare, which was headed by one of the arrested 
diocese employees. 
 
Diocese funds were allegedly used illegally and money was found to be missing from diocese funds.  
 
According
 to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which cited the prosecutor 
for the city of Terni in central Italy, Paglia is alleged to be one of 
the instigators of the fraud. 
 
Those under investigation have 20 days to hand over files explaining their defense. 
 
While
 the San Girolamo castle in the  Narni area of central Italy is 
considered to be of great artistic and cultural value it is now believed
 to be left abandoned. 
 
At the same time, the Terni diocese is 
one of the most indebted in Europe, with a deficit of some 25 million 
euros (about US$27 million). 
 
Paglia, 70, was the diocese bishop
 from 2000-2012 before Pope Benedict named him to the Pontifical Council
 for the Family, which promotes and protects family interests in the 
church. 
 
He is also one of the most prominent Vatican officials 
who is a member of the Sant'Egidio Community, influential in Italy for 
its commitment to working with the poor and immigrants. 
 
Pope Francis has issued strong statements against corruption, including during a visit in March to mafia territory in Naples.
 
"Corruption
 stinks, corrupt society stinks," he told residents, adding that "we all
 have the potential to be corrupt and to slip into criminality". AFP
 

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One Response to Vatican official probed for embezzlement

  1. So in actual fact there is high embezzlement in the finances of the catholic church worldwide.The Archdiocese of Bombay could be the ones in the forefront. We Catholics needs to stone wall the administration of the church to ensure financial transparency and strict guidelines on sale of church land. In fact I now realize that joining the priesthood and nunnery is a very lucrative profession, plenty of unaccountable money in your hands, no transparency no accountability and tonnes of arrogance.Have you seen some I repeat some of those who join the religious, within a few months the family becomes very affluent. They even build cottages and homes, Some even go to the level of passing on half kilo of Amul butter to the family on weekly basis. Any one to challenge me?.
    Shameful yet true.

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