Playboy priest flees with R11m and married woman
A Croatian priest has run off with almost one million euros ($1.3 million) after illegally selling church property
Franciscan priest Sime Nimac earlier this year signed a deal with a local firm to sell a plot of church land, the Split archdiocese said in statement.
Nimac, 34, the former parish priest of Baska Voda on the southern Adriatic coast, in May withdrew more than 980,000 euros in cash from the parish's account "without a valid explanation why the money was taken and what it will be used for," the archdiocese added, amid media reports the Catholic clergyman had fled with a married woman..
Local media have reported that the from which the cash was withdrawn.
The property had been sold without church authorities' written approval, and the Franciscans have filed a suit to annul the deal.
According to media reports, Nimac had recently demanded to be defrocked.
Nearly 90 percent of Croatia's 4.2 million population are Roman Catholics.