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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, July 01, 2024

News analysis by Phil Lawler

This week the Vatican’s former auditor general renews his bid to persuade a Vatican tribunal that he was wrongfully dismissed from his position, in a case that threatens to expose further evidence of corruption in Vatican finances.

Libero Milone, the first-ever auditor general, whose hiring in 2015 was trumpeted as a centerpiece of financial reforms under Pope Francis, was abruptly dismissed from his post in June 2017. Milone testifies that he was forced to resign—threatened that he would otherwise face criminal prosecution—by then-Archbishop Angelo Becciu.

In December 2023 that same prelate—now Cardinal Becciu—was convicted of financial misconduct by a Vatican tribunal in what became popularly known as the Vatican’s “trial of the century.” Becciu’s conviction seemed to strength the case of the former auditor general. But just a month later a Vatican court tossed out the wrongful-dismissal case brought by Milone and his former deputy, Ferruccio Panicco. …

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