Pope Francis tells Vatican bureaucracy reform will go ahead with ‘firm resolve’

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Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli courtesy of Reuters

Pope Francis speaks during the traditional greetings to the Roman Curia in the Sala Clementina of the Apostolic Palace, at the Vatican. Photo by Alberto Pizzoli courtesy of Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Pope Francis told members of the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday that reforms to make it more efficient and honest will move ahead “with firm resolve”, despite scandals that have rocked the Church.

At the start of traditional Christmas greetings to the Curia, as the central Vatican administration is known, the pope said he was suffering from a flu and excused himself for reading the speech sitting down.

However, he did not show any outward signs of illness and read his speech in a strong voice, noting cases “of resistance difficulties and failures” by some individuals in the central administration who were opposed to his reform drive.

“It seems necessary to state what has been, and ever shall be, the object of sincere reflection and decisive provisions. The reform will move forward with determination, clarity and firm resolve …” he said.

(Reuters)

  • Betty Clermont

    “reforms to make it more efficient and honest”? Like the dismal records of other advisers, consulting and auditing firms this pope has hired, on Dec. 12, 2015, Pope Francis appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers to audit the Vatican’s financial statements. PwC has helped hundreds of multinational corporations avoid taxes, was AIG’s auditor through years of “questionable dealings,” paid US$229 million to shareholders over an accounting fraud, was fined by the Accountancy and Actuarial Discipline Board (AADB) of the UK a record £1.4m for wrongly reporting to the Financial Services Authority, and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) found significant deficiencies in their auditing of US public companies per wikipedia.