Vatican leaks won’t stop reforms, pledges Pope
Leaking the Vatican’s financial documents will not stop Pope Francis pressing ahead with reform of the Vatican’s notoriously conservative and powerful civil service, Pope Francis has pledged.
During his Sunday Angelus address in St Peter’s Square the Pope publicly challenged those within the Vatican trying to sabotage his reforms. He described the stealing and leaking of documents as a “crime” and a “deplorable act that does not help”.
Nevertheless, he said, he is still working with his advisers and ordinary Catholics on a financial clean up of the Vatican.
“I personally had asked for that (leaked) study to be carried out and both I and my advisers were well acquainted with (the contents of ) those documents and steps have been taken that have started to bear fruit, some of them even visible,” the Pope said.
He went on: “I wish to reassure you that this sad event certainly does not deter me from the reform project that we are carrying out, together with my advisers and with the support of all of you.
“Yes, with the support of the whole Church because the Church renews itself with prayer and the daily holiness of each baptised person.”
Francis was referring to the publication last week of two books based on a raft of leaked documents detailing economic mismanagement in the Holy See that Francis faced after his election as Pope in 2013.
Francesca Chaouqui and Monsignor Lucio Angel Vallejo Balda have been arrested and questioned about the leaks.
Both sat on the Pope’s 2013 commission to over- haul Vatican finances and administration.
The books by Gianluigi Nuzzi and Emiliano Fittipaldi describe in detail the Roman Curia’s lack of cooperation and attempts to stymie the commission.
Since his election the Pope has instituted a series of financial reforms including new leadership of the Vatican bank.