Pope Francis overhauls Vatican finances, names Australian cardinal as comptroller

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The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the chief Vatican spokesman, briefs reporters on Monday (Feb. 24) about the new department Pope Francis created to overhaul the Holy See's finances. RNS photo by David Gibson

The Rev. Federico Lombardi, the chief Vatican spokesman, briefs reporters on Monday (Feb. 24) about the new department Pope Francis created to overhaul the Holy See's finances. RNS photo by David Gibson

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The leader of the new Secretariat for the Economy will have sweeping new powers, the most concrete step Pope Francis has taken to try to reform the church's scandal-plagued finances.

  • Joyce Macnamara

    Maybe now Cardinal Pell will be so busy that he has to resign his post on the English language office for liturgy which is responsible for the awful English
    we hear at Mass every Sunday. We can but hope.

  • Larry

    When the Vatican’s last audit showed numerous contributions by Benedict from the to the Hitler Youth Alumni Association, they had to do something. 🙂

  • Richard

    Perhaps Larry could write in English so that he can be understood.

  • Mark

    Rather than cardinals & bishops (who really aren’t educated in international finance) hire a group of MBAs and Ph.D.s from the best business schools in the world.

  • Larry

    Writing from a cellphone. Damn sausage fingers. 🙂

  • Earold Gunter

    Richard, that was very critical. I hope your being as critical in your thinking as well.

  • Ann Olivier

    I hope C. Pell is kept busy enough to keep him out of any theological discussions.

    While the Pope is making new appointments, he should appoint a lay cardinal to over-see the over-seers, Paolo Gabriele.

  • Joseph

    Lay Cardinal? Funny!

  • Larry

    Are you saying Catholic Schools can’t turn out world class accountants? 🙂

    They are using “big 4” audit firm Ernst & Young for their accounting.
    http://www.relevantmagazine.com/slices/pope-hires-ernst-young-audit-vatican-finances

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