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Salesian congregation faces bankruptcy after losing case

ROME—The Catholic Salesian congregation which runs schools around the world faced the prospect of bankruptcy on Wednesday after losing a court case in which it claimed it was the victim of massive fraud.

The case revolved around a 120-million-euro ($155-million) part of a donation received by the group from a wealthy property developer, Alessandro Gerini, in 1990.

The ruling delivered late on Tuesday means the money could now be claimed by Gerini’s heirs in a separate judgment making its way through the courts.

Magistrate Adele Rando said there had been no fraud against the Salesians, who said they would “respect the decisions of the Italian justice system,” even though they left open the possibility of appealing the ruling.

The case has also involved the Vatican’s powerful Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone, a Salesian, who claimed he had been misled into signing a settlement with Gerini’s heirs that went against the congregation’s interests.

Founded by Don Giovanni Bosco in Italy in the 19th century with a strong vocation for education, the Salesians have around 16,000 clergy members.

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    So this will be the true meaning of Vow of Poverty among Salesians, since most of them if not all live under the Vow of Property. This is the same with the La Sallians.

    • bgcorg

      The decision is not final and executory and can be appealed.

    • boypalaban

      how about those lay people who are employed in the Salesian schools? the teachers and the ordinary workers?


        Boy Putyong, please before you comment understand first the argument/sentence.  Do the teachers and ordinary workers have the Vow of Poverty?  It is only the Brothers and Priest who have that. Tangkuloy ka gid.

      • boypalaban

        boybisaya na boploks…umayos ka…
        sinabi ko ba na may vow ang mga yan?
        ang tanong ko na di mo kayang intindihin ay” paano na ang kabuhayan ng mga teachers at ordinary workers kung sakaling maapektuhan ang mga schools ng mga Salesiano?”

        sumagot ka muna nang maayos wag ka basta magkomento…bungkalin mo na yung tanim mong kamote…

    • Flexiblechair

      your point of moot is irrelevant…Clearly hindi mo alam na merong schools na pinopondohan ng salesian congregation dito sa pilipinas, ooops HINDI! dahil utak squatter ka!, sa tingin mo san nila kinukuha ang pondo para mag operate, oops HINDI mo rin alam! huwag utak squatter!!!(na galing sa probinsya na nag susmiksik sa maynila),i google mo muna ha bago ka mag comment, dahil nakabasa ka lng ng mayroong kaso ang isang kongregasyon ng simbahang katoliko eh dissolution ng vows and corruption isipin mo kagad!, pesteng yawa ka gid!


        For your additional Information it is not only this congregation who has cases in court with questionable practices. The Vatican has corruption and even the your pope has a hand on it.  In the US your priest are pedophiles and you might be one of them also. 

      • Flexiblechair

        Yes! the generalized comeback classy! please spare me the stereo typing B.S.!! let me guess you got this from God Father Part 3, what we are talking here is the effects of the court ruling, and clearly you don’t know anything about the schools in the philippines run by the salesians….go back to the kitchen and make me a sammich!…oh stop watching too much mafia movies it’ll make crazy…badabim badabap badaboom, forget about it!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WDAV2VKWQ7PNDEXBXNQ3SXOABU Pidro Bayan

    go Busko! here in pinas we can do it!

  • Padre Agaton

    “jump, run, make noise, but do not sin”…di mangyayari yan at maraming kabataan ang umaasa inyo.

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