ROME (AP) – The Vatican Cardinal, who was ousted by Pope Francis amid a corruption investigation, has filed a lawsuit against an Italian newspaper claiming that his tarnished reputation has ruled out the possibility of him becoming pope and undermining the legitimacy of any future papal election.
Cardinal Angelo Pacquiao is seeking 10 million euros ($ 11.9 million) in damages in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Sacinia, Sardinia tribunal against the weekly El Espresso, an affiliate of the Italian daily La Repubblica.
The 74-page complaint raises questions about the conduct of Vatican criminal prosecutors, who say they leaked information to El Espresso while trying to create a corruption case around Holy Sea’s 350 million euro ($ 416 million) investment in a London real estate venture. .
To date, PCU has not been involved in that case or any other investigation, he said in a statement announcing that it will file a lawsuit.
Becky resigned as head of the Vatican’s Monastic Preparation Office on September 24 after being accused of sending about 100,000 euros (9119,000) in Holy See funds to a Sardinian charity controlled by his brother Francis. Becky admitted to sending the funds to a charity, not to his brother, and told reporters he had done nothing wrong.
At the time of the transfer, Peggy was No. 2 in the Vatican State Secretariat and had full authority to manage the department’s substantial property portfolio, including its use for charitable donations.
In his legal complaint, Pescio said his exit was a joint success work with El Espresso, which broke the story of his brother being paid in a story that went to the printers on September 24th.
During the Sept. 24 meeting, Francis complained that he had a copy of a newspaper article on his desk in which he fired Peggy, which suggested an internal leak of the article to the Vatican. The publisher of El Espresso ended up at the pope’s desk that night saying that some early versions had “disappeared” from the printer.
Almost eight hours before Pesiu’s 6 p.m. meeting with Francis, El Espresso created a web page saying, “This is why Cardinal Pesiu has resigned.” Citing the site’s metadata’s time stamp, the complaint argues that the press was aware of the PC before it was expelled, suggesting coordination with the Vatican.
El Espresso is leading the charge against Pequei, and there are a series of unsubstantiated and speculative articles outlining the case of the lawyers against him, some of which cite unnamed Vatican investigators, while others give no reason for the press’s claims.
Vatican lawyers have been investigating the London real estate initiative for more than a year, but have not charged anyone. The BCCI was ousted just days before the Vatican began to show its commitment to greater financial transparency and accountability during a visit by council assessors of the European Anti-Money Laundering Council. A panel called Maniwal has in the past erred in failing to investigate or prosecute the alleged financial crimes in the Vatican tribunal.
In his complaint, Pecio said the damage to his reputation had affected him and Catholics personally.
As a powerful cardinal with pastoral, diplomatic and Vatican experience, Peggy was considered “poppy” before his fall. But because he was forced to relinquish his rights as a cardinal, Pesci complained that he had one day lost the chance to be pope.
Becky complained that the absence of a voting cardinal from the future conference would “lead to valid questions of election” and the need to split the church and hold an expensive second conference.
El Espresso backed its statement, calling his case a “stupid attack.” In Italy, journalists can be charged with both criminal and civil defamation.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Marco Tamilano, did not deny possessing an advance copy of the pope’s story, but said it was “ridiculous” to think that “a newspaper article” fired Peggy.
“El Espresso has been accused of influencing not only the current pope, but also the Holy Spirit, who may have chosen Peggy as his successor if it were not for an article to prevent his essay from being published,” Tomilano wrote.