The lessee reportedly implicated the bishop and priests in the operation after being arrested earlier by local authorities.
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Police officials told Rhode Island media that the threat was related to the recent arrest of the parish’s former pastor. The priest threatened on Monday was assigned to the parish.
Torzi is one of the key suspects in a significant finance trial being heard by the Vatican City State’s tribunal about the London property deal.
The scheme was reportedly discovered last year, while the church was attempting to enhance security measures.
At the Palm Sunday service, a police officer entered the church and told attendees they were in violation of the governor’s order, threatening arrest for attendees who violated the order in the future.