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By Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D., Church Militant, October 26, 2019
A reformer butted heads with Vatican officials
In 2017, Cdl. George Pell was at the center of serious reform of Vatican finances, only to be abruptly let go to stand trial for historic sex abuse offenses in Australia.
Some say his removal was convenient — just as he was exposing financial corruption in the Vatican.
While Pell sits in an Australian prison appealing his conviction, it’s a worthy reminder that it was his veto in 2015 that led to the blocking of a 50 million-euro loan from the Vatican bank to a scandal-ridden Rome Hospital, indicted in 2016 for money laundering, embezzlement and tax fraud to the tune of nearly 1 billion euros.
The loan was eventually granted — but through the Administration of the Patrimony of the Holy See (APSA), the arm of the Vatican that oversees its real estate. ….