Are Vatileaks 3 Here? Who Really Controls Vatican Finances? -- "Seek, Seek!"
(Rome) The Vaticanist Marco Tosatti has now turned his eyes away from the Correctio filialis. The reason is a letter whose author he did not name by name, but a "high animal." This "high animal" deals less with theology, but more so with politics. Through the Correctio filialis a different topic had disappeared from the headlines: the interview by Libero Milone. Milone was appointed AuditorGeneral by Pope Francis in 2015 for the Holy See and all its institutions. On the 19th of June, Milone was suddenly shown the door. One reason for this was the fact that the Vatican press office and curial Archbishop Angelo Becciu, a Substitute for the State Secretariat, was explained in the interview: Milone had "spied upon some representatives of the Holy See."
This "high beast" explained this situation in a letter to Marco Tosatti, which has distracted our attention from the Correctio filialis and the petitions connected with it "for only five minutes ."
"My impression, which I have gained, is the customary (as in Vatikleaks 1 and Vatileaks 2): that this argument [the Correctio filialis] was used to divert attention from the so - called "Case Milone" and the Vatican finances about which I only know from what I read in the newspapers, including Milone's interview in Corriere della Sera.
After five years, we see that 'unrest' is growing exponentially because of Vatican finances. I do not know much, but if I could give advice to the Pope and, above all, to the Secretary of State, I would ask it to undertake an investigation into the investigations which the Vatican Taxes' Control Authority is managing and overseeing. Is it possible for directors, presidents, auditors to be dismissed, but those who would have to control everything, the AIF [Vatican Financial Information Authority], always remain untouched and unaffected, as if they did not exist? But do the leaders of the AIF really command? On behalf of whom?
Pope Francis, Cardinal Parolin, we beseech you for the good of the Church: Seek! Seek!"
The Vatican Financial Information Authority (AIF), mentioned in the letter to Tosatti, was begun by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 under the constant pressure of international bodies for "more transparency". As head of the authority, he appointed a cardinal. Nevertheless, Moneyval, a Council of Europe expert committee for the assessment of measures against money laundering and terrorist financing, criticized the measure as inadequate.
A few months after his election, Pope Francis made far-reaching changes. The first operation took place on 8 August 2013. In November of that year, he entered a new law into power for the AIF with a motu proprio . At the same time the Global Players came under the advisory firms in the Vatican with his pontificate. Katholisches.info wrote on January 28, 2014:
" McKinsey , Promontory, Ernst & Young , KPMG: With the new pontificate, the Vatican also began a race to engage the most elaborate and costly consultancy companies in the world in terms of organization and finance. The world as a "global village" makes them indispensable and, above all, they themselves are indispensable. A system of efficiency and striving for profit, which reinvents itself independently and constantly increases in power. No finance minister comes out without them because they have long since lost perspective. For this reason the consultancy companies already write the laws themselves, which are blessed by the political process. This is also the case in the Federal Republic of Germany. In whose interest are a dozen international consulting firms working?"
The Swiss René Brülhart became the new director of the AIF in November 2012 to implement the demands of the Moneyval report, as the Vatican Press Office said. Since 2014 he is its president. According to Francis, Brülhart is bound only by the Pope, and has to report to him. This also applied to Auditor General Milone, but from September 2016 onwards, Francis did not receive him. Milone, who wanted to speak with Francis about his dismissal, did not gain access to him.
Brülhart made Tommaso Di Ruzza his successor as director. In addition to Brülhart and Di Ruzza, Maria Bianca Farina (Italy), Marc Odendall (France), Joseph Yuvaray Pillay (Singapore) and Juan C. Zarate (USA) are members of the AIF Board.
At the turn of the year 2016/2017, Marc Odendall had been named in connection with the conflict in the Order of Malta, between Grand Chancellor Albrecht von Boeselager and Grandmaster Fra Festing. Pope Francis placed himself on the side of Boeselager and dismissed the Grand Master. Francis drew upon on the report of a commission appointed by him. The commission had attributed to the Grand Chancellor, who had been dismissed at the time, faultless behavior. Odendall was one of the five Commissioners. According to a judgment of the Hamburg Regional Court, Boeselager knew about the distribution of contraceptives by Maltese International and also approved this. Thus, as far as the conflict in the Maltese Order is concerned, the behavior of the Grand Chancellor was not so faultless.
Grandmaster Festing had previously accused the commission of "bias" because at least three of the five members were in business dealings with Boeselager. The Pope did not care. Nor was he concerned that the Hamburg Court indirectly questioned the credibility of the Commission's report. Fra Festing's accusation was confirmed, however, Pope Francis applied the exculpatory report.
Boeselager and Odendall are linked to the Caritas Pro Vitae Gradu Charitable Trust (CPVG), registered in New Zealand, which is valued at 120 million Swiss francs and is administered by a Swiss trustee.
The protective hand of the State Secretariat
The Secretary of State, in other words, Substitute for General Affairs Becciu, followed the dismissal of Auditor General Milone. The State Secretariat holds the protective hand over the AIF. The Secretariat of State elected the five Commissioners, who gave Pope Francis the dubious document, with Grand Master Festing, and Boeselager was again appointed as Chancellor. Becciu was appointed by Pope Francis as his personal representative in the Order of Malta, and the official representative of the pope, Cardinal Patron Raymond Burke, was marginalized.
The "high animal" that Tosatti mentions, however, did not mean Substitute Becciu with the questions: "But do the heads of the AIF really command? On behalf of whom?"
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Photo: Vatican.va (Screenshot)