- Jan 17, 2020
For Pope Francis, 2019 included his sixth anniversary as pope, his 83rd birthday and his 50th anniversary as a priest, but it also was a year that saw him still confronted with the clerical sexual abuse crisis and with Vatican financial scandals.
While it’s tough for outsiders to assess the latest round of purported scoops about Vatican finances and stern denials, what’s becoming clear, at least, are the dueling narratives at work.
The Vatican apparently has suspended five employees after raids on Vatican offices.
Vatican police have seized documents and electronics during a search of the Holy See’s secretariat of state and financial watchdog agency after receiving official complaints about “past financial operations.”
On Saturday the Vatican issued new statutes for the so-called “Vatican bank,” better defining the roles of the body’s Council of Cardinals and the Supervisory Board, which has long been a point of contention.