- Jan 18, 2020
When Father Juan Antonio Guerrero was announced as the new head of the Secretariat for the Economy, a collective ‘huh?’ could probably be heard across Rome. Pope Francis needs to make sure people know he has his full backing to push through the Vatican’s stalled financial reforms.
On Thursday the Vatican announced that Pope Francis has tapped Jesuit Father Juan Antonio Guerrero as the new prefect for the Secretariat of the Economy – a post that has been vacant since last year when its former head, Cardinal George Pell, was charged with historical sexual abuse of a minor.
As Cardinal George Pell of Australia prepares to appeal his conviction for sexual abuse of two altar boys in the 1990s, a judge Wednesday sentenced him to six years in prison.
The Vatican said Tuesday it would await the result of Cardinal George Pell’s planned appeal of a sex abuse conviction, “recalling that Cardinal Pell has confirmed his innocence and has the right to defend himself to the last degree.”
An Australian judge said Thursday she will rule on April 17 whether prosecutors have a strong enough case to bring Cardinal George Pell to trial on charges of “historical” sexual offenses.