Granada archbishop absolved of slander
The rule by the provincial court cancels out a previous ruling by a lower court which forced the archbishop to pay a fine of EUR 3,750.24 April 2008
MADRID - A provincial court in Andalusia has absolved the archbishop of Granada, Francisco Javier Martínez, of "coercion and slander" charges lodged against him by a priest. It is the first time in Spain that a Catholic priest has taken a bishop to court.
A lower court had previously ruled against the archbishop, forcing him to pay a fine of EUR 3,750.
The case revolves around Martínez's actions against the priest and his association with the CajaSur bank.
The archbishop had halted the publication of a book on Granada Cathedral, which was financed by the bank.
The priest, who accused Martínez of slander, said that when the archbishop had taken action to stop the publication of the book, he had hurt his honour and good name in the community in the process.
[El Pais / Expatica]