CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 17 August 2019

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Milan court rules against former nuncio in inheritance lawsuit

ROME (CNS): A civil court in Milan has ordered Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a longtime diplomat and former Vatican nuncio to the United States, to return €1.8 million ($16 million) plus interest and legal fees, to his brother, Father Lorenzo Vigano.
 
After their father’s death in 1961, the archbishop managed both their inheritances, which amounted to millions of dollars in real estate and bank deposits.
 
Father Vigano, a biblical scholar and priest of the Italian Diocese of Pavia who resides in Chicago, won the lawsuit against the archbishop. The priest has initiated several lawsuits against Archbishop Vigano, and while many charges have been dismissed, this was the first to end with a ruling.
 
According to the court ruling, which was handed down in October, Archbishop Vigano had received €3.6 million ($32.17 million) in net revenues from the two brothers’ joint assets, which, according to Father Vigano’s estimation in 2010, amounted to €20 million ($178.7 million) in real estate holdings and more than €6 million (nearly $53.6 million) in cash.
 
Archbishop Vigano has been in the international press after calling on Pope Francis to resign because, he claimed, the pope had known about Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s alleged abuse and failed to act.
 
The archbishop also had a falling out with his sister, Rosanna, who had turned to Swiss authorities for help in retrieving money—reportedly more than half a million US dollars (3.9 million)—she had given the archbishop in the 1970s to deposit in a Swiss bank.
 
In a complaint filed with Swiss prosecutors in 2012, Rosanna Vigano said she was aware some of her money had been used to purchase an apartment in 1983 with the deed in the archbishop’s name, but she found out in 2012 that the property had been sold without her knowledge and claimed the archbishop kept the money from the sale for himself.
 
The lawsuit was dropped after the archbishop returned US$11,000 (86.11 million) to his sister and made a US$180,000 ($1.4 million) payment in 2014 through her lawyer, who in turn donated the sum to a religious hospital in Tanzania where one of Rosanna’s daughters had been working.

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