Professor Candida Moss comments on an embezzlement scandal in the Catholic Church

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Candida Moss, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, was interviewed on CBS News on 18 July 2017.

On 18 July 2017 the US early morning news programme CBS Morning News reported on a trial in Italy where two ex-Catholic Church officials had to defend themselves against allegations that they diverted almost $500,000 in hospital donations to renovate a cardinal’s retirement home. The hospital is the Vatican’s own pediatric children’s hospital, Bambino Gesu. Former hospital president Giuseppe Profiti and ex-treasurer Massimo Spina face years in prison and fines if they are found guilty.

Candida Moss said on the CBS morning show: “A scandal like this really plays to the stereotype of out-of-touch, arrogant cardinals growing fat on the wealth of the church…(Pope) Francis and the Vatican really need this trial, because their moral credibility and financial stability are at stake.”She added: “If we don’t see results in this trial — if we don’t see a prosecution — people will wonder if Francis is really serious about financial reforms.”

Read the whole news story and watch the interview with Candida Moss

Candida Moss
Professor Candida Moss, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology, Department of Theology, University of Birmingham

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