- Aug 3, 2020
As part of ongoing financial reform efforts, Pope Francis updated the role and authority of the auditor general’s office, calling it the Vatican’s “anti-corruption authority.”
First and former Vatican auditor says he is willing to take his place back in the Vatican now that charges against him have been dismissed.
In a new interview, Libero Milone, the Vatican’s first-ever Auditor General who departed under mysterious circumstances a year ago, says a criminal investigation against him has been closed.
Breaking a three-month silence, the Vatican’s former Auditor General claimed Saturday he was forced out in June by a “frame-job” engineered by an old guard hostile to reform, while two senior Vatican officials insisted they have “overwhelming evidence” that Libero Milone violated Vatican laws by illegitimately spying on people, including superiors and people in his own office.
When Italian businessman and auditing expert Libero Milone was hired in 2015 as the Vatican’s new Auditor General, it has hailed as a major step forward for reform. On Tuesday the Vatican announced Milone’s sudden resignation from the post without offering any explanation, which seems destined to raise questions about the future of Pope Francis’s financial overhaul.