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Heftiger Widerstand gegen Vatikanbank-Reinigung durch Franziskus | The Guardian

Can Pope Francis clean up God’s bank? | The Guardian.

Untraceable cash transfers and a culture of secrecy made the Vatican bank one of the world’s most notorious financial institutions. But Pope Francis’s attempts at reform are meeting ferocious resistance.

At 6.30 on the morning of 28 June 2013 – just three months into the reign of Pope Francis – officials of the Guardia di Finanza, the Italian law enforcement agency for financial crime, pulled up in front of a rectory in Palidoro, a quiet seaside town west of Rome. When they rang the bell, the cleric who came sleepily to the door was informed that he was under arrest. A few hours later, wearing a well-cut grey suit, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano was shown into a cell in the Regina Coeli, Rome’s most overcrowded prison.

Scarano, a suave, handsome priest known for his extravagant lifestyle (his nickname among other priests was Monsignor Cinquecento, My Lord Five Hundred, because of his habit of carrying only €500 banknotes), was head of accounting at the Amministrazione del Patrimonio della Sede Apostolica (APSA) – the body that then managed the Vatican’s property holdings and controlled its purchasing and personnel departments. His arrest made front-page news. He was accused of trying to smuggle €20m on a private plane across the border from Switzerland in a money-laundering conspiracy involving the Vatican bank, an agent of Italy’s secret services and an Italian broker under suspicion for running a Ponzi scheme. ……

After the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001, the world’s financial authorities, at the behest of the US government, began to crack down on money-laundering. What previously had been seen as a merely criminal matter became an issue of national security since it could potentially disguise the financing of terrorism. International authorities steadily increased the pressure on private banks that failed to comply with new standards. The Vatican bank, with 25% of its business in cash, and so many of its dealings conducted in secret, was an obvious target: senior officials in the European Union persuaded the Bank of Italy to launch an investigation of its dealings.  ……

Can Pope Francis clean up God’s bank? | The Guardian.

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