An enthusiastically pro-mass migration progressive bishop has been questioned by police over his use of church funds after €430,000 were found to have been misappropriated.
Bishop Domenico Mogavero was questioned by Italian financial police on Thursday this week after he was found to have some €180,000 resting in his personal account. The former diocesan economist Father Franco Caruso is also under investigation, having allegedly spent a further €250,000 of church money.
Some of the money is alleged to have been given to another priest who was suspended and jailed in 2011 for sexually assaulting another man, begging the question whether the corruption in the case may go deeper than merely fiscal.
The Sicilian bishop involved is responsible for the diocese of Mazara Del Vallo and has been active in welcoming migrants to the area. He is also a long standing critic of right-wing politics in the country, and was outspoken against the former right-wing government of Silvio Berlusconi, reports TheLocal.it.
Yet all is not as it seems, claims the bishop’s lawyer. Speaking to press, Stefano Pellegrino said his client had reported himself to the police when he realised the “irregular activity”.
Bishop Mogavero is not the only member of the Sicilian clergy who have found themselves in hot water over their extra curricular activities. Progressive, Eurppean Union-funded priest Monsignor Don Sergio Librizzi was known for taking a special interest in the welfare of young migrant boys in his community, until it was revealed he was trading sex with them for residency permits.
Breitbart London reported in October that Msgr. Librizzi was facing ten years in jail for sexual extortion and sexual violence relating to his treatment of young migrants under his care as a manager of immigration centres. The priest was also a member of the committee processing their applications, and an organiser of charities providing food, work, and training to young migrant men and boys.
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