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New Vatican bank president within days
« on: February 13, 2013, 08:37:17 PM »
The Vatican bank, the Institute for Religious Works (IOR), will have a new president within a few days, according to the director of the Vatican press office.

Father Federico Lombardi said that the search for a new head of the IOR will not be slowed by the news that Pope Benedict XVI is resigning effective February 28. The bank’s board has been conducting the search for a new president since Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was forced out last May, and the process is nearing completion, he said.

The IOR has been troubled by scandal in the past, and more recently by complaints from Italian banking officials that the Vatican institution has been lax in enforcing rules to prevent money-laundering. While the IOR has worked diligently in the past year to put new transparent procedures into effect, there have been reports of conflicts among the IOR board members over the extent to which the Vatican should submit to international oversight.

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=17055



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Pope fell short in cleaning up finances


Pope Benedict made cleaning up the Vatican's reputation for shady money one of his priorities, beefing up the city-state's laws and hiring a top Swiss financial crime fighter to raise standards to international levels.
Independent experts say much progress has been made in a short period of time. But the Pope resigns with the Vatican still falling well short of its goal of inclusion on a "white list" of states and embroiled in an embarrassing row with the Bank of Italy.
In 2010, the Vatican created a supervisory body, the Financial Information Authority (FIA), and drafted a new law to make sure all departments met international standards on money laundering and terrorism financing.
But a 2012 report by European anti-money laundering group Moneyval found the Vatican still failing to measure up in seven of 16 key areas. Also in 2012, Gotti Tedeschi was removed as head of the Vatican bank, or Institute for Works of Religion as it is formally known.
In response to the Moneyval report, the Vatican appointed lawyer Rene Bruelhart to head the FIA and lead its push for greater transparency. Bruelhart had previously fulfilled a similar role in Liechtenstein, the principality sandwiched between Switzerland and Austria.
The Vatican has been trying for years to raise its game and throw off a reputation for murky financial dealings that dates back at least 30 years, to the death in London of Roberto Calvi, known as "God's banker".
Calvi was found hanging from a bridge and his death has never been fully explained. He was chairman of Banco Ambrosiano, in which the Vatican bank held a small stake.
Related: Vatican can't take credit card payments
The Vatican bank serves the 500-or-so inhabitants of the world's smallest state, but also thousands of Catholic charities, religious orders and dioceses around the world. It has some 33,400 accounts. Vatican transactions are conducted in euros.
Moneyval found the threat of financial crime at the Vatican to be very low. But it said the bank's global reach, high volume of cash transactions and a lack of information about some non-profit organizations could make it a target for money-launderers.
"Further important issues still need addressing in order to demonstrate that a fully effective regime has been instituted in practice," the report stated.
The Bank of Italy cited the Moneyval report when it moved to close down credit and debit card payments at Vatican shops and museums at the end of last year, leaving tourists dependent on cash to buy souvenirs and tickets for attractions such as the Sistine Chapel.
Interviewed by an Italian newspaper shortly after the central bank's action, Bruelhart expressed surprise and said the Vatican had implemented all measures required by the European Union, and in some cases adopted even tougher standards. 

http://money.cnn.com/2013/02/11/news/economy/pope-resignation-finances/index.html



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I have seen too many news sites that are linking the Vatican bank issue with the papal resignation. I do not post them here. But can someone who knows about the Vatican bank issue post about it? I am (was) unaware of a problem with the Vat bank.


 
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Re: New Vatican bank president within days
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2013, 08:45:47 PM »
This is totally unrelated to the news of a couple days ago, of course.
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Re: New Vatican bank president within days
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2013, 09:08:43 PM »
This is totally unrelated to the news of a couple days ago, of course.
Yeah, of course. 
It's out more and more. Since I admit, have no knowledge of the Vatican bank issue. Or a Vatican bank for that matter, I automatically dismissed this issue. And by the tone in our Forum, looks like there are many like myself.

That is why I ask,. In order to be informed. I want to know what to answer when the "attacks" come flying in with regards to a vatican bank. I will be meeting family this weekend. I have two siblings who will "know" about the vatican bank. 
"Nothing is more miserable than those people who never failed to attack their own salvation. When there was need to observe the Law, they trampled it under foot. Now that the Law has ceased to bind, they obstinately strive to observe it. What could be more pitiable that those who provoke God not only by transgressing the Law but also by keeping it? But at any rate the Jews say that they, too, adore God. God forbid that I say that. No Jew adores God! Who say so? The Son of God say so. For he said: "If you were to know my Father, you would also know me. But you neither know me nor do you know my Father". Could I produce a witness more trustworthy than the Son of God?"  St. John Chrysostom  Sunday Homily

"The two goals of the Jews: The universal domination of the world and the destruction of Catholicism, out of hatred for Christ" --Mgr. Jouin