Aide: Mismanagement claims meant to smear Honduras cardinal

By on December 23, 2017


Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, photographed during a visit to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo, Norway, November 12, 2014 (Photo By Mtande - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)
Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, photographed during a visit to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oslo, Norway, November 12, 2014 (Photo By Mtande – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0)

VATICAN CITY — Honduran Catholic officials say reports of financial irregularities in the Tegulcigalpa archdiocese are aimed at discrediting the archbishop, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, a top papal adviser.

Rodriguez Maradiaga turns 75 on Dec. 29, the age when all bishops must offer their resignations to Pope Francis. An archdiocesan spokesman, the Rev. Juan Angel Lopez, told the Honduran church’s Supaya TV that the airing of the allegations now were aimed at pressuring the pope to accept the resignation immediately.

The Vatican on Friday confirmed that Francis has ordered an investigation into allegations of financial irregularities in the Tegulcigalpa archdiocese. Italian newsweekly L’Espresso said the issues include failed investments and payments by one of the cardinal’s deputies to an “intimate friend.”

Lopez said the allegations were an “attack on the Holy Father.”