This is a google translation of Sandro Magister's take on today's news about the Vatican Finances and the Secretary of State no longer in control of it.
“Vatican affairs. Pell's revenge on the secretariat of state ”: this was the title of a post from Settimo Cielo last June 11.
But today the bells ring for this revenge. Because the Vatican press office has released the text of a letter from Pope Francis that gives the coup de grâce precisely to those leaders of the secretariat of state who in 2017 rejected and humiliated the Australian cardinal's reform plans.
(For the record, it was Pope Francis himself who gave George Pell full powers to reform Vatican finances and then soon revoked them for the benefit of his opponents, except today to record this new turnaround, this time in support of the cardinal. ).
The full text of Francis's letter to Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin is also on page 7 of today's edition of "L'Osservatore Romano", with the reference on the front page.
The letter bears the date of August 25 and ends by setting the changes it dictates to "before November 1".
But evidently in the secretariat of state they must not have set to work with due diligence, given that only "on the evening of yesterday, November 4" - as the Vatican press office informed - Cardinal Parolin and the other elders gathered around the papa for a first meeting aimed at the business.
And the enterprise consists precisely in what the secretariat of state has hitherto always refused to do: the delivery of all its movable and immovable property to the Vatican central bank, APSA, under "the control of the secretariat for the economy ”, That is, the office originally presided over by Cardinal Pell.
But in his letter the pope says more.
He explicitly refers to the “investments made in London” and the infamous “Centurion fund”, from which - he orders - “we need to get out as soon as possible”.
The secretariat of state will have to account for and obtain approval of its ordinary income and expenses. And his secret activities will also have to pass the scrutiny of the commission "for reserved matters" recently established under the presidency of Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
Much less can the secretariat of state claim to supervise any other body of the Holy See, in economic and financial matters.
In short, "taking into account that the secretariat of state will no longer have to administer or manage assets, it will be appropriate for it to redefine its administrative office, or to evaluate the need for its existence".
The "terminus ad quem" set by the pope for this spoliation was, as has been said, November 1, the feast of All Saints.
Perhaps the 2nd day of the dead would have been more suitable.