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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The head of the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank admitted that it must address its tarnished reputation, even among Catholics, even as he defended the institute’s recent efforts towards financial transparency.

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Alessandro Speciale

Alessandro Speciale

Alessandro Speciale has been covering the Vatican since 2007 and wrote for Religion News Service from 2011-2013. Born in Rome, he studied literature at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, Italy, and journalism at City University, London. He has appeared as an expert on Vatican affairs on CNN, BBC World and Al Jazeera English.


  1. It is obvious that Ernst Von Freyberg was hired to put a good face on the Vatican Bank. After its scandalous past involving the high secrecy of everything else at the Vatican, and after just three months on the job as a part-time president, he dares to claim that everything was just a bad rep. Von Freyberg continues Vatican-style to provide no details about any of the concerns that have been raised for years. Now, like good children, we are just supposed to take his hired word that all is well. He only succeeds in making it clear why he was chosen.

    Benedict picked a safe German for the bank just as John Paul picked as safe German for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith when he chose Josef Ratzinger way back in the 1980s and then safely arranged that he would be his successor. I suppose we can expect more of the same out of Benedict’s pick of another German to replace Levada at the CDF after the two of them decided to terrorize U.S.. nuns because they didn’t think their good service to the poor and needy was exactly in sync with the high secrecy of the ancient Vatican.

    My friends, the Inquisition never ended, and it is long overdue that the lay people of the church stand united against the outrageous and ugly clericalism that persists among the “managers” of the people of God! Now you can clearly see–if you study your church history, its sacramental history–how and why those instruments were developed to keep you under the control of that clericalism from cradle to grave.