A former Italian economy minister is suing a member of the new Vatican financial reform panel and newspaper editors over allegations that he is gay and that a senior Vatican cardinal is corrupt, reports Ucanews.
'I am taking legal action against (Francesca) Immacolata Chaouqui as well as (newspaper) employees and publishers,' said Giulio Tremonti, former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's former economy minister told ANSA.
One of those being sued is Alessandro Sallusti, editor of Il Giornale, the daily that printed the allegations.
The Vatican has reportedly opened a probe into the hiring of Chaouqui, 30, who made headlines last month when she became the only woman and only Italian named to an eight-member pontifical commission set up to overhaul the Vatican's financial administration. Before her appointment, the former Ernst & Young communications manager made prolific Twitter posts about affairs at the Holy See.
Among the most incendiary was a March tweet in which she called Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone 'corrupt' and alleged he was involved in shady business affairs with an unidentified Italian company.
In a February post she fuelled rumors that then Pope Benedict XVI was suffering from cancer in the run-up to his abdication: 'I confirm: the Pope has been suffering from leukaemia for more than a year.'
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