Cardinal: ‘no rush to report theft'19 October 2012
Anyone accused of misappropriating church property must be challenged internally before being reported to the authorities, the cardinal who oversees the finances of the Holy See has said.
Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi, President of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, said in his intervention to the synod on the New Evangelisation yesterday. He called for "the evangelical medicine of fraternal correction must be applied" before "denouncing to the authorities", to "give the possibility of reformation and repairing".
The cardinal's prefecture is in charge of Vatican's finances and is responsible for compiling the Holy See's financial report. But it does not oversee the Institute for Works of Religion (Vatican Bank) or the property owned by the Holy See.
He added: "Transparency does not automatically mean the publicising of evil which leads to scandal."
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