The Church, Accountability, and Money

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Money and people

As I wrote to you last week, when it comes to the current events in Rome surrounding Cardinal Angelo Becciu and Vatican financial dealings, I only know to expect the unexpected.

This week brought the news that the Cardinal (stripped of his rights as a cardinal by Pope Francis as announced on September 24) allegedly was involved in sending large sums of money to Australia around the time of Cardinal George Pell’s legal proceedings, in addition to other questionable financial practices.

Fr. Bob Gahl, the vice chair of the Program of Church Management, gave this interview to Australian Sky TV on Monday of this week. I also found encouraging Pope Francis’s comments to the Committee of Experts From the European Council (MONEYVAL) yesterday. In particular, I enjoyed this comment: “Once the economy loses its human face, then we are no longer served by money, but ourselves become servants of money.” This is true of so many things – medicine, science, bioethics, and so on. We like it so much that we created the meme above.

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Pia de Solenni, SThD

Pia de Solenni, SThD

Pia de Solenni is a theologian, ethicist, and cultural analyst. She recently served as Chancellor of the Diocese of Orange, California, and Theological Advisor to the Bishop. Her work has appeared in various publications including The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, National Catholic Reporter, Our Sunday Visitor, and National Review Online. She is also a consultant member of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas.

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