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

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Professor Candida Moss on CBS Morning News, 18 July 2017.

Candida Moss, Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology (from 1 August 2017), 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