ROME (AP) – Amid a corruption probe, Vatican Cardinal, ousted by Pope Francis, is suing Italian news magazine, claiming his ruined reputation has ruled out the possibility of becoming pope and would undermine the legitimacy of any future election.
According to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in the sardine tribunal against the Italian daily La Repubblica, the weekly affiliate El Espresso Magazine, Cardinal Angelo Bequiu is seeking 10 million euros (.9 11.9 million) to donate.
The 74-page complaint raises questions about the behavior of the Vatican’s criminal prosecutor, suggesting that they sued L’Espresso for a corruption case involving the Holy See’s investment of 350 million euros ($ 416 million) in a leaked real estate venture. .
As of today, Becky is not under investigation in that or any other case, he said in a statement announcing the filing of the lawsuit.
Sept. 24 as prefect of the Vatican’s canonical office, with allegations that Francis sent him nearly 100,000 euros ($ 119,000) to the Holy See fund in a Sardinian charity controlled by his brother. 24 resigned. Bekiewicz admitted that he did not send the funds to his brother – to a charity – and told reporters that he had done nothing wrong.
At the time of the transfer, Becky was No. 2 in the Vatican Secretariat in the state, and had full authority to manage the portfolio of significant assets of the account, including its use for charitable donations.
In his legal complaint, Becky claimed he had a hit job integrated with L’Espresso, who fired him, a story that paid off to his brother, which went to printers on September 24.
The complaint alleges that during the Sept. 24 meeting, Francis had a copy of the magazine article on his desk, in which he fired Becky and suggested an internal leak to the Vatican. The publisher of El Espro said some of those early versions “disappeared” from the printer that night and ended up on Pope’s desk.
The complaint also states that eight hours before Becky’s meeting with Francis at 6 p.m., L’Espresso stated that “this is the reason why Cardinal Becky resigned.” Created a webpage with articles. Citing a timestamp of the site’s metadata, the complaint argues that the magazine knew before the expulsion of Becky, indicating coordination with the Vatican.
El Espresso is leading the charge against Becky, with the outline of the plaintiff’s case against him in a series of unsubstantiated and speculative articles, some of which mention not naming Vatican investigators but others who make no accusations for the magazine’s claims.
Vatican lawyers have been investigating the London real estate venture for a year but have not charged anyone. Becky was ousted just days before the Vatican began to show greater economic transparency and accountability during a visit by evaluators from the Council of Europe’s anti-money laundering committee. Maniwal, the committee has blamed the Vatican tribunal for failing to investigate or prosecute alleged financial crimes in the past.
In his complaint, Becky said the damage to his reputation had hurt him personally as well as Catholic believers.
As a powerful cardinal with pastoral, diplomatic, and Vatican experience, Becky was considered a “sinner” before his fall. But the complaint states that by being forced to relinquish his rights as a cardinal, Becky lost her chance to become pope one day.
The complaint also states that Becky’s absence as a keynote speaker for future polls “could raise questions about the validity of the election,” splitting the church and demanding another price hike.
El Espresso is standing by in his report, calling his claim a “theft attack.” In Italy, journalists can be charged with both criminal and civil defamation.
The magazine’s editor-in-chief, Marco Demilano, did not deny that the pope had an earlier copy of his story, but said it was ridiculous to think that “a single journalism article” had fired him.
Damilano wrote, “El Espresso is accused not only of influencing the current pope but also of the Holy Spirit who could have chosen Becky as his successor, had it not been for the article blocking his ascent.”
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