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Frame Up within Religious Order Allegedly a Plot to Keep Top Post

February 19, 2014

A priest who was re-elected to the leadership post for the Camillians, a religious order also known as the Order of Ministers to the Sick, allegedly resorted to illegal means to eliminate the competition. The Guardian (UK) reported in November that Fr. Renato Salvatore fabricated charges against two other contenders for Superior General of the order, who were then unable to vote against him because they were in police custody. Salvatore was later arrested by Italian police along with five other alleged co-conspirators. It is thought that profits from lucrative construction projects were the motivating force behind the campaign to assure Salvatore’s reelection.