To beef up Pope Francis’ commitment to prevent and combat corruption inside and outside the Vatican City State, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the issue.
In a message from the Holy See press office, the agreement means that both the offices of the Secretariat for the Economy and the Auditor General “will collaborate even more closely in identifying the risks of corruption.” (Read: Caritas PH Demands Truth And Justice Amid Philhealth Corruption Mess)
The MOU was signed by Fr. Juan Antonio Guerrero, S.J., head of the Secretariat for the Economy which has the task of overseeing the Vatican’s administrative and financial structures and activities; and Alessandro Cassinis Righini, interim head of the Office of the Auditor General which oversees the annual financial assessment of each dicastery of the Roman Curia.
The two authorities will also work together in implementing Pope Francis’ new anti-corruption law. The law, which was issued in June, aims to increase oversight and accountability in the Vatican’s procedures for awarding public contracts. (Read: John Lloyd, Maria Ressa Star in Video Protest Against Anti-Terror Law)
“The fight against corruption, in addition to representing a moral obligation and an act of justice, allows us to fight waste in such a difficult time due to the economic consequences of the pandemic, which affects the whole world and affects the weakest in particular, as Pope Francis has repeatedly reminded,” Fr. Guerrero said.
Corruption in the Vatican
Pope Francis himself has acknowledged the corruption happening in the Vatican in a press conference. He said that the Vatican financial scandals prove that officials “have done things that do not seem clean.” (Read: Pope Francis to Sign New Encyclical on October 3)
The new law on contracts is evident that Pope Francis is serious about the internal reform he intends to do in the Vatican. The new regulations also focus on controlling spending.