Italian cardinal denies corruption in property deals
Vatican voices support for Cardinal Sepe
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.
Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe.

.- Stating that he has acted with “maximum transparency,” Archbishop of Naples Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe has said he will cooperate with authorities after being accused of corruption in a property deal. A Vatican spokesman has expressed “solidarity” with the prelate, saying he hopes the situation will be “rapidly clarified.”

The cardinal, who previously headed the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, is accused of colluding with former Italian transport minister Pietro Lunardi to offer cut-price property deals, the BBC reports.

Lunardi bought a building in Rome from Cardinal Sepe’s Congregation in 2004, allegedly at a price noticeably below market value.

Cardinal Sepe said he will cooperate with the investigation despite his immunity as a Vatican diplomatic passport holder.

At a Sunday press conference Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi commented on the accusation, expressing his “esteem and solidarity” with the cardinal at “this difficult time.” He said Cardinal Sepe continues to work for the Church and the people entrusted to him “in an intense and generous manner, and as such has the right to be respected and esteemed.”

“We all hope and trust that the situation will be fully and rapidly clarified, so as to eliminate all shadow of doubt regarding both him personally and Church institutions,” continued the spokesman, repeating the cardinal’s pledge to collaborate with investigators.

Fr. Lombardi also noted the “procedural aspects” concerning proper relations between the Holy See and Italy will “naturally” have to be taken into account if they are relevant to the case.

On Monday Cardinal Sepe read a letter to the Catholics of his archdiocese at a press conference. He said that he was sure of the Vatican’s support.

"I'm going forward with serenity; I accept the cross and I forgive, from the depth of my heart, those who have wanted to strike at me from both inside and outside the Church," the cardinal wrote.

"I have acted with the maximum transparency," he continued, saying all of his budgets were approved annually by the Vatican’s secretariat of state.

"I say this for the love of truth, knowing well that I always acted according to conscience and with the good of the Church as my sole objective."

In his letter the prelate denied the three main accusations against him involving the sale, renovation and renting of congregation properties in three real estate transactions, the Associated Press reports.

He also tried to dispel suggestions that he had been demoted to the archbishopric of Naples after serving in charge of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. According to the cardinal, when Pope Benedict asked him what he thought about moving to Naples he agreed and said he wanted to serve his remaining years among the faithful.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: