Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

An Italian archbishop, who called on Pope Francis to resign has been hit with a court order to pay his disabled brother 1.8 million euros from an inheritance under his control, Italian media reported on Thursday.

The verdict was handed down by Milan court last month against Carlo Maria Vigano, a former senior prelate who is in charge of a fortune estimated at more than 27 million euros ($31 million) left to him and his numerous siblings by his father, a businessman in northern Italy.

Vigano’s brother Don Lorenzo, a holy scriptures specialist confined to a wheelchair after a stroke, had accused the archbishop of distributing his share of the inheritance unfairly, the newspapers La Stampa and Il Giornale reported.

There was no immediate confirmation from the Milan court.

Don Lorenzo, who lives in a religious community in the US city of Chicago, had started the lawsuit against his brother in 2010, demanding direct access to his money and a fairer pay-out of interests.

Vigano, 77, rose to prominence as a top administrator of the Vatican’s finances, and journalists published leaked letters in which he alleged corruption in the Holy See.

He was named the Vatican’s ambassador to the United States in 2011, a post he took up reluctantly and served until 2016, when he reached retirement age.

In August this year, Vigano made an accusation against Pope Francis, saying the pontiff had ignored for years allegations of sexual misconduct levelled at a disgraced former American archbishop, Theodore McCarrick.

In early October, a member of the Vatican’s group of governing institutions defended Francis by evoking a “political set-up devoid of any foundation incriminating the pope”.

The pontiff announced a thorough investigation of Vatican archives to scrutinise the actions and career of McCarrick.

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