Skip to comments.Vatican monsignor arrested in 20M euro plot
Posted on 06/28/2013 9:32:34 AM PDT by Old Yeller
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A Vatican cleric and two other people were arrested Friday by Italian police for allegedly trying to smuggle 20 million euros ($26 million) in cash into the country from Switzerland by private jet. It's the latest scandal to hit the Holy See and broadens an Italian probe into its secretive bank.
Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, already under investigation in a purported money-laundering plot involving the Vatican bank, is accused of corruption and slander and was being held at a Rome prison, prosecutor Nello Rossi told reporters. Scarano's arrest came just two days after Pope Francis created a commission of inquiry into the Vatican bank to get to the bottom of the problems that have plagued it for decades and contributed to the impression that it's an unregulated, offshore tax haven.
Francis has made clear he has no tolerance for corruption or for Vatican officials who use their jobs for personal ambition or gain. He has said he wants a "poor" church that is concerned for the world's needy, and he has also noted, perhaps tongue in cheek, that "St. Peter didn't have a bank account."
Prosecutor Rossi said the Swiss operation involved three people, all of whom were arrested Friday: Scarano, a recently suspended accountant in the Vatican's main finance office, Italian financier Giovanni Carenzio, and Giovanni Zito, who at the time of the plot was a member of the military police's agency for security and information.
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Could it possibly be connected with the corrupt gay contingent currently infecting the place?
Hopefully the Pope Francis will flush the toilet.
And flush again.
The church needs to be strong for the upcoming war with Islam.
They’ve been there, done that.
Well Pope Francis better watch his morning Tea.We have seen this one before.
If it was all in small bills, maybe they were just looking forward to a fun weekend at a Roman strip club.
....And also wants to live the simple life also.
You think he could have been threatened?