Italy: Case involving Archbishop Paglia dismissed

Source: FSSPX News

The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Abp. Vincenzo Paglia, was under review last May (see DICI no. 317, 26/06/15), charged with associating with malefactors, fraud and embezzlement during his tenure as bishop of Terni-Narni-Amelia, in central Italy, between 2000 and 2012. He fell under suspicion of having authorized the purchase of the castle of San Girolamo, a former Franciscan convent, by the diocesan institute of assistance to the clergy, for a price significantly lower than its true value.

Following a preliminary inquiry, the Italian court dismissed the case at the end of September 2015. The examining magistrate declared Archbishop Paglia “entirely uninvolved in the actions with which he was charged.” The prelate expressed his lively satisfaction: “I have always trusted in our justice system,” adding, “a moment of severe trial is now concluded for me.”

After his departure in 2012, the diocese of Terni was in debt to the tune of several million euros.

(Source: – DICI no. 323, 23/10/15)