Pope Francis says leaks won’t deter him from reform agenda

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Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov. 8, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov. 8, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Speaking to followers in St. Peter’s Square, the pontiff criticized revelations made in two books published last week that explore Francis’ efforts to overhaul financial mismanagement within the Vatican walls.

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  • observer

    Secret documents? Are they drawing up war plans to obliterate the Orthodox, level the Lutherans, annihilate the Anglicans, bomb the Baptist, conquer the Calvinist or plunder the Pentecost? Secrecy is part of the reason the pedophilia sex scandals became so wide spread.

    If there is any attempt at permanent and meaningful reform, then a transparent institution with democratic principles and a basis solely on the New Testament of the Bible is needed.

  • Pope Francis is correct in continuing his reform agenda for the Catholic Church, despite the illegal leaks of confidential information to two book authors by two Vatican employees.

    Pope Francis’s reforms — in just the two years that he has been pope — have already resulted in the greatest revival of Catholicism in modern times.

    He must be commended for his humility and his persistent efforts to improve the lives of poor people.

  • Betty Clermont

    The pope’s “reform” is replacing the old crooks with his own: Cardinal Pell whose only prior financial expertise was cheating sexual abuse victims out of an adequate compensation and was termed a “sociopath” for his cruelty. The pope hired consultants like Promontory and Big Four accountants who had guided the largest financial companies in skirting regulations and hiding their transactions which brought about the Great Recession.
    The pope’s other “reform” is instituting standard accounting procedures, not to make Vatican finances transparent to the public but so that he would know where all his money was.
    Another “reform” was encouraging his prelates to give the appearance of a “poor Church” while maintaining and prospering their hidden assets and giving a pittance to the poor.

  • Bernardo

    Observer,

    Ditto your comments but keep in mind that the NT is not a reliable document. Rigorous historic testing shows it to be 10-30% authentic.

  • Dr.Cajetan Coelho

    Thus wrote Victor Hugo: All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

  • Bernardo

    Also from Hugo:

    Ces deux moitiés de Dieu, le pape et l’empereur! These two halves of God, the Pope and the emperor. Hernani (1830), Act IV, Scene II

    Dieu s’est fait homme; soit. Le diable s’est fait femme! God became a man, granted. The devil became a woman. Ruy Blas (1838), Act II, Scene V