Church’s financial scandals ‘must not be covered up’

Cardinal Pietro Parolin (CNS/Dana Rene Bowler, Catholic University of America)

Hiding financial scandals hurt the Church’s credibility, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said yesterday. Source: CNA.

“Mistakes must make us grow in humility and push us to convert and improve, but they do not dispense us from our duties,” Cardinal Parolin told the Italian cultural association Ripartelitalia think tank magazine.

Asked if “scandals and inefficiencies” hurt the Church’s credibility to propound economic ethics, the cardinal said “errors and scandals must not be covered up, but recognised and corrected or sanctioned, in the economic field as in others”.

“We know well that the attempt to hide the truth does not lead to healing the evil, but to increase and entrench it,” he said. “We must learn and respect with humility and patience” the requirements of “fairness, transparency, and economic competence.”

“In fact, we must recognise that we have often underestimated them and realised this with a delay.”

Cardinal Parolin said this is not only an issue in the Church, “but it is true that good witness is expected in particular from those who present themselves as ‘teachers’ of honesty and justice”.

“On the other hand, the Church is a complex reality made up of fragile, sinful people, often unfaithful to the Gospel, but this does not mean that she can renounce announcing the Good News,” he said.

The Church, he added, “will not be able to renounce affirming the requirements of justice, of service to the common good, of respect for the dignity of work and of the person in economic activity”.

The Secretary of State’s comments come as the Vatican faces a massive income shortfall, months of financial scandal, and an international banking inspection slated for the end of September.


Cardinal Parolin: Church financial scandals ‘must not be covered up’ (By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA

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