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VATICAN CITY (RNS) The leader of the new Secretariat for the Economy will have sweeping new powers, the most concrete step Pope Francis has taken to try to reform the church's scandal-plagued finances.


  1. Maybe now Cardinal Pell will be so busy that he has to resign his post on the English language office for liturgy which is responsible for the awful English
    we hear at Mass every Sunday. We can but hope.

  2. When the Vatican’s last audit showed numerous contributions by Benedict from the to the Hitler Youth Alumni Association, they had to do something. :)

  3. Rather than cardinals & bishops (who really aren’t educated in international finance) hire a group of MBAs and Ph.D.s from the best business schools in the world.

    • Are you saying Catholic Schools can’t turn out world class accountants? :)

      They are using “big 4” audit firm Ernst & Young for their accounting.

  4. I hope C. Pell is kept busy enough to keep him out of any theological discussions.

    While the Pope is making new appointments, he should appoint a lay cardinal to over-see the over-seers, Paolo Gabriele.