From.......... National Catholic Reporter

June 19, 1987

pages 1-2

Reports say clergy in Managua tapped North's war chest

By JIM McMANUS Washington Bureau Chief

SOME FUNDS from Oliver North's secret bank accounts made their way to the Catholic church in Nicaragua, according to press reports and recent congressional testimony. The revelations, at a time of delicate church-state negotiations to relieve tensions in Nicaragua, could damage the credibility of church figures, sources said.

̉This is part of an organized campaign against the church. They are trying to eliminate any peaceful solution" to the contra war, said contra spokesman Jorge Rosalez of Miami.

However, the Nicaraguan government made no comment on the fund diversions. As details about the Iran-contra network (See War chest, page 4) ...........