Pope calls in expert laymen to help reform Vatican

Bold step taken before Pope Francis left for Brazil

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  • Philip Pullella for Reuters
  • Vatican City
  • July 23, 2013
    Pope Francis has brought in international experts to help him overhaul the Holy See and move on from a series of scandals under his predecessor Benedict XVI.

Urged on by the cardinals who elected him four months ago, Francis set up a commission on Friday to help him reform the Vatican’s administration and finances.

Made up of seven international lay experts and one cleric, the commission will report directly to the pope and advise him on economic affairs, improving transparency and enforcing accounting principles.

Its members will have the right to examine any paper and digital document in the Vatican.

Francis inherited a Church struggling to deal with priests’ sexual abuse of children, alleged corruption and infighting in the central administration and conflict over the running of the Vatican’s scandal-ridden bank.

Benedict left a secret report for Francis on the problems in the administration, which came to light when sensitive documents were stolen from the pope’s desk and leaked by his butler in what became known as the “Vatileaks” scandal.

The documents accused Vatican insiders of corrupt dealings, including the award of contracts to outside companies at inflated prices.

The new commission’s lay members are experts in economics, finance, management and law and come from Spain, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Malta and France, the Vatican said in a statement. The cleric will act as the commission’s secretary.

It will draft reforms of the Holy See’s institutions to simplify how they work and improve the way they manage their finances.

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Source: Reuters




  1. dmelloalex said,

    July 28, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    Thank you Lord for giving us Pope Francis. Guide him, protect him and keep him under your care. You gave us (him) at the right time when the princes’ of the church stopped communicating with the lay and living in their own world. Only a handful of Bishops take a stand on injustice, poverty and political interference within the Church. Particularly help our Arch diocese of Bombay to become more responsive to the needs of the community and please improve their Internet & media connections/ skills so that they reply to each & every mail they receive whether good or bad. I do not know why all the lines have been dis-connected from the reality we are facing today.

    I make this humble prayer on behalf of my Community. Thank you Lord

    Alex D’Mello M-9821139523


  2. July 29, 2013 at 7:49 am

    BRAVO !! Pope Francis surely the Holy Spirit is with you all the way; there is no other reason why you, this frail old man has so much guts to reach out to us. From one ordinary old man to another my greetings and best wishes for all the success in reforming these rotten princes of the Church; since the Holy Spirit is guiding and helping you; your reformation plans will definitely bear fruit. BUT, BUT beware of these wily cronies, they are not going to accept the no more poking, stealing and lavish lifestyles which you are trying to advocate.
    Keep faith that you have the blessing, backing and support of a power that is higher and more powerful than these crooks. THE HOLY SPIRIT is watching over you. The prayers of all the world, including sinners like me, are with you.


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