|Italy||NAPLES CARDINAL ACCUSED OF FRAUD MAY STAND TRIAL|
Italian state prosecutors may put the Archbishop of Naples, Cardinal Michele Giordano, on trial for fraud, according to a report in the London Tablet.
Last week they interrogated him for five hours. Enquiries into alleged financial irregularities by the Cardinal began 15 months ago, and in August last year an early-morning police raid was made on the archbishop's palace in Naples. The archbishop is said by his accusers to have made large sums of church money available to his brother, who then lent it to applicants for loans at favourable rates of interest.
Cardinal Giordano has repeatedly insisted on his own innocence, and has been warmly backed up by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian bishops' conference, who is known for his confrontational approach to Church-State relations. But the Vatican is reportedly making its own investigation.
|11:36am 17/5/99 / Tablet|